President Trump Instructs Education Dept. to Discharge Federal Student Loan Debt For Disabled Veterans…

President Trump has announced a policy directive to the U.S. Department of Education to immediately facilitate the discharge of federal student loan debt for any veteran permanently disabled as part of their military service.

WHITE HOUSE – Since our Founding, the United States has been blessed with men and women willing to serve in defense of our Nation and our ideals. Many of those answering the call to serve make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and many others carry physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008 and other acts (Higher Education Act), honors veterans who are totally and permanently disabled as a result of their service to the Nation by providing for the discharge of their Federal student loan debt.

Borrowers who have been determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be unemployable due to a service-connected condition and who provide documentation of that determination to the Secretary of Education are entitled to the discharge of such debt.

For the last decade, veterans seeking loan discharges have been required to submit an application to the Secretary of Education with proof of their disabilities obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The process has been overly complicated and difficult, and prevented too many of our veterans from receiving the relief for which they are eligible. This has inflicted significant hardship and serious harm on these veterans and has frustrated the intent of the Congress that their Federal student loan debt be discharged.

Only half of the approximately 50,000 totally and permanently disabled veterans who currently qualify for the discharge of their Federal student loan debt have availed themselves of the benefits provided to them by the Higher Education Act. This has created a serious and critical problem for disabled veterans, who must deal with the day-to-day consequences of their service-connected injuries, and for our military, as readiness and recruitment suffer when we do not take care of our veterans.

There is a pressing need to quickly and effectively resolve this problem. Therefore, my Administration will take prompt action to ensure that all totally and permanently disabled veterans are able to obtain, with minimal burden, the Federal student loan debt discharges to which they are legally entitled.

Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to express the gratitude of our Nation for the service of our totally and permanently disabled veterans, I hereby direct the following:

♦Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to facilitate — in a manner that is quick, efficient, and minimally burdensome — the discharge of Federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans.

♦Sec. 2. Directive to the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs. (a) The Secretary of Education is hereby directed to develop as soon as practicable a process, consistent with applicable law, to facilitate the swift and effective discharge of the Federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans pursuant to section 437 of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1087; section 455 of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1087e; and section 464 of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1087dd. To the maximum extent feasible and consistent with applicable law, the process developed by the Secretary of Education should account for and make use of disability determinations made available to the Secretary of Education by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(b) The Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs (Secretaries) shall take appropriate action to implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this memorandum as expeditiously as possible. To that end, the Secretaries shall consider all pathways for the Department of Veterans Affairs to share disability determinations with the Department of Education, so that veterans may be relieved of the burdensome administrative impediments to Federal student loan debt discharge.

♦Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this memorandum:

(a) the term “Federal student loan debt” means liability to repay Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans, and Federal Perkins Loans.

(b) the term “discharge” means discharge of FFEL Program loans and Direct Loan Program loans and cancellation of Federal Perkins Loans.

♦Sec. 4. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(d) The Secretary of Education is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

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75 Responses to President Trump Instructs Education Dept. to Discharge Federal Student Loan Debt For Disabled Veterans…

  1. maggiemoowho says:

    God Bless President Trump, this is wonderful.👍👍👍

    Liked by 46 people

    • ann says:

      There is no one more deserving of the best America can give than our vets.
      I had no idea disabled vets did not receive a full free ride for re entry into civilian life.

      What has Congress and former administrations been thinking, that we should neglect veterans, treat them like throw aways?
      As Dems fawn over illegals and Resist helping fellow Americans!

      Liked by 19 people

      • I believe a majority of veterans vote Republican so the Dems have neither any interest in or need to help them. Every dime they spend is on buying voters, with the current crop being illegal.

        Liked by 10 people

      • Bob says:

        Don’t want to hear that this is an entitlement….it was EARNED. God love the President and all of our troops, and hope that this will help all of the Vets towards a better life.

        Liked by 14 people

      • corimari2013 says:

        I am 100% with President Trump on taking care of those who have willingly, bravely sacrificed for this nation, for We the People.

        Liked by 8 people

        • Rowdyone says:

          As a Vietnam Era veteran I was assigned in 1969 a 13 month tour of duty in Korea so I was not subjected to the horror of combat and the inherent consequences of war. While on leave between duty stations I went to Letterman Hospital in San Francisco to visit a former high school teammate that had been badly wounded when the APC he was riding in hit a land mine on the second day he was in Vietnam. I was not prepared for what I saw that day; missing limbs, tears of pain, deformed bandaged skulls and plenty of 1,000 yard stares. Larry was in a traction frame with piano wire drilled into his skull where once resided a proud “Afro”. We visited for as long as the nurse would allow and although he was positive about walking again he never did. He fell into physical dependency as those around him depended on him financially from his government pension. To this day I’m ashamed of myself for not making more of a difference for all of the Larrys of my generation but thanks to our President’s moral leadership today’s Larrys will have a better chance to have meaningful lives in which their disability will not define them in bettering their futures as happened to Larry. God Bless President Trump.

          Liked by 6 people

          • RowdyDone…you did make a difference…you TOOK the time to visit him…something, hopefully, he looked back on as someone WHO CARED…I know what you are going BUT the guy who I was visiting…said to me: “WOW”…those words mean more than you know!!! Vietnam Veteran!!! ’71-’72!!! You CARE and YOU STILL DO!!!

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      • mavrick04 says:

        We don’t and we have to battle for years to get any disability benefits, i am currently into year 4 of an appeal i expect it to go on for at least another 8 months

        Liked by 2 people

      • Mark says:

        I’m a veteran of the first Gulf War. Been fighting the VA for disability claims for over 10 years. I have found the VA to be extremely anti-veteran. I received denial reasons that not only contradicted themselves but were grossly wrong, doctors who lied and deceived me, claims techs who wouldn’t give me any information, etc. I’m glad President Trump is fighting for me, but it’s still a loooong ways to go before things are fixed. I do not trust the VA at all. 0%. And Democrats are the worst scum of the earth for putting illegals above veterans. The corruption is far too deeply entrenched. Fire them all and start over. Make it so that none of the current gov’t employees can ever hold another gov’t job or even get a job for a gov’t contractor. Drain them all away. Put in term limits for Congress and for gov’t employees. These people get more money and better retirement than hard working Americans do. Enough is enough.

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        • ann says:

          Mark,
          I believe most Americans, at some point within last twenty – thirty years, have reached similar conclusions as you.
          The misrule, by both parties, is pretty hard to deny.
          Then the Resist trots out preposterous accusations, inciting hysterical mobs , 24 hour psy ops, weirdo claims of crypto race supremacists, etc. Seriously?
          demonizing the President, and fellow Americans, fundamentally it’s because we want to FIX things that are broken. That’s a threat, to degenerated institutions, the VA, DoJ, State , Judiciary..
          We are taking control back , restoring authentic government. The political parties and power elites cycle of denial is imploding.

          victims, Russia, racist, facists, “oh the sky is falling” Chicken Little

          All this hullabaloo , because we voted for the Big Agenda.
          Thank you for serving. Words seem empty, but I do mean that, my family, way back brothers, father, uncles, back through both sides of Civil war served, I wanted to, but my father said No! & sent me off to college. Y

          I agree, enough is enough, shut them down, we deserve a fresh start. 🇺🇸🙋🏼‍♀️ MAGA on.

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    • What a LEADER … from out FRONT … taking INCOMING every day.

      Liked by 17 people

    • bullseye500yards says:

      Well done Mr. President.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Caius Lowell says:

    But won’t that take money away from Democrat voters — that is, foreigners?

    Liked by 5 people

    • Vince says:

      The loser seems to be Obamacare, which these days is getting funding from student loan payments.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Merle Marks says:

        Obamacare has always been a loser…

        Liked by 9 people

        • lady4trump says:

          The DoJ is now in charge of my health care, through medicare. What a lousy state of affairs. My doctor has to do the will of the idiotic DoJ when dealing with my healthcare. I am appalled! The Government is taking over healthcare, starting with us older people, but you all will be next! And it’s only going to the dogs. More every day.

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    • GGHD says:

      God Bless, Donald Trump. >Previous Presidents have failed Americans. … Trump is providing assistance for our >deserving Veterans. Helping our Veterans should have been done years ago by >previous Presidents. …. From TheConservativeTreehouse article:
      “Only half of the approximately ~>50,000 totally and permanently disabled veterans…”
      ******

      From the Washington Examiner December 03, 2018. = “Census confirms: 63 percent of ‘non-citizens’ on welfare, ~>4.6 million households”
      ……. “A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trump’s concern about immigrants costing the nation.”
      …….. “In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.”
      [There is an excellent illustrative graph at the article.]
      ****************************

      You might be right, Caius Lowell. … For sure, there is a massive contingent of Democrat Activists and Democrat Bureaucrats benefiting from the expenditure of >All Welfare Dollars. = These Democrats are legally voting, and benefiting financially by the money spent by our Welfare System. The functionaries are Democrats.
      The difference in numbers alone of the 4.6 million non-citizens households on Welfare, and the number of disabled Veterans ~55,000 is immense.

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  3. Trumpstumper says:

    This President rocks!

    Liked by 13 people

  4. Kerry_On says:

    Now THAT is a Commander in Chief worthy of the title!

    Liked by 22 people

  5. tax2much says:

    To care for him who shall have borne the battle…

    Liked by 18 people

  6. a strong leadership,Trump is The Best ever had,

    Liked by 9 people

  7. Kerry Gimbel says:

    This sort of thing is the least we can do. God bless our wounded vets

    Liked by 16 people

  8. Athena the Warrior says:

    Amazing!

    Liked by 5 people

  9. Do stop thinking about tomorrow says:

    Once again showing why he is the Chosen One President of the United States.

    Liked by 10 people

  10. Bubby says:

    Got to love this President Trump! But how long will it be before the msm starts questioning how President Trump is going to pay for it? And the need to raise taxes to offset the lost student debt payments or some similar BS! To a disabled Vet that’s more helpful than a bike ride!

    Liked by 1 person

    • FL_GUY says:

      Not a problem. Put every D-Rat on the no fly list, pull their passports and cut off Pelosi’s booze bill and it’s paid for. One of her and the D-Rats taxpayer funded meddling vacations should cover the cost.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Boknows says:

      Answer: They are the ones who paid with their blood and sacrifice for the freedom for you to ask such a moronic question. It’s the least we can do as a country to honor their service.

      The sad part is I know your post was hypothetical, but this amazing story will either never get reported, or be met with the question you surmised.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. TwoLaine says:

    This is part of The Masterpiece.

    Beautiful!

    Liked by 11 people

  12. Harlan says:

    Huzzah!

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Ken Maritch says:

    I have absolutely no problem with my tax dollars going to fund this program.

    Liked by 20 people

  14. lolli says:

    🇺🇸 God bless our vets!
    Thank you President Trump 🇺🇸

    Liked by 8 people

  15. billrla says:

    Not only is he chosen, but, he is merciful (cue head explosions and fits of rage)

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Comrade Terry says:

    I can’t imagine a finer thing for President Trump to do today.

    Liked by 9 people

  17. jimsung says:

    I was medically discharged from the military in 2006. It took until 2013 for my disability claim to be settled because the VA was literally hundreds of thousands of claims behind during that period. My disability was backdated to 2006. In the VA packet granting me 100% service-connected disability, I was told about the program to discharge student loan debit and mine was immediately discharged.

    I can understand, though, how challenging it can be for each different veteran because that’s how the VA is. Which State one is in also has a lot to do with it. My disability claim process was pretty straightforward in TN and nearly impossible once I moved to GA. Ugggghhh!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Vince says:

      It seems the real benefit in what the President has done is that instead of having the injured service member having to start the process, the VA and dept of education will take the initiative. Since they know there are 50,000 cases, they have the ability to find them in their databases. For the two agencies, its just a database query to produce a report, and another to delete who is on the report.

      Liked by 8 people

  18. Ellie says:

    Just another reason why I love and thank God for this man each and every day.

    Liked by 9 people

  19. ristvan says:

    It was already the law, but half the eligible vets hadn’t taken advantage because of the red tape. The EO basically orders Education and Veteran Affairs to get rid of the red tape. STAT.
    Not a policy change, another bureaucratic spanking from our CEO businessman PDJT.

    Liked by 25 people

    • Pa Hermit says:

      AMEN ristvan, it’s beautiful how he is empowering Americans instead of illegals! Finally our brothers and sisters are getting the bennies!!! Thank You POTUS, and Thank You God!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Austin Holdout says:

      The SOBs have his hands tied from making new law or policy. He’s smart to look for ways to make current laws and policies work better. Just another good example of his “Obstacle? What obstacle? I must have missed it as I was marching forward to MAGA” attitude. Imagine all of the greatness that would be possible without the Swamp holding him back.

      Liked by 5 people

      • lady4trump says:

        President Trump is truly a remarkable man and President. We are so blessed to have him at the helm.
        Thank you for the pro-veterans’ policy, Mr. President!

        Liked by 4 people

    • calbear84 says:

      Thanks for clearing that up. I was wondering why on earth loan forgiveness wasn’t already the policy.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Pa Hermit says:

    Maybe he can accomplish the nearly impossible task of restoring GOD back into America! After all the work done by the anti Christian bloc, POTUS just might be able to turn the corner back in our favor! Totally amazing what this entity has done with all those road blocks thrown in front of him! Not only Making America Great Again, but making the world great again! AWESOME!

    Liked by 5 people

  21. albertus magnus says:

    This is what you call leadership from a man who loves his country and those that fight for her!

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Scott Lyddon says:

    Politically astute also! Now Dems plan touting amnesty for college debt for everyone will have to be compared to American Veterans who have already paid a heavy price. Stable genius.

    Liked by 15 people

  23. MIKE says:

    I know this act is from our President’s heart, and not some political stunt like past weak presidents would have done.
    Please excuse me while I don a $2.00 rain poncho, don’t want ‘splodey head entrails to soil my work clothes.

    Liked by 4 people

  24. GB Bari says:

    I would normally never support forgiving student loan debt because it’s just another progressive giveaway for people who chose to go to college and should be able to pay off the debt especially now that jobs are plentiful.

    BUT I am fully on board with forgiving the tuition loan debt for our veterans, most especially for those who sacrificed their health and bodies to defend this nation. This move to expedite the process is a magnanimous move by the Commander in Chief. Bravo!

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    • NEXT STEPS:
      • REDUCE Student Debt by % Permanent Disability.
      • FORGIVE Student Debt “Obligations” carried by Co-Signers of all Deceased and 100% Permanently Disabled.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Austin Holdout says:

      Sure, it was a nice gesture GB, but if we all vote for Bernie we’ll be able to go to safe hypodermic needle exchange stations and trade our used needles in for clean recycled ones ( Surely the green new deal won’t allow the federal government to put all of those used needles in the oceans or landfills where they might contaminate the paper straws). Priorities Treepers, priorities.

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  25. Vince says:

    While this is a big deal to the people getting the benefit, this is a tiny thing in the whole scope of the federal government. He must have people who are looking for these opportunities, or the White House is listening to people who contact them with their problems. Either of which hasn’t been done by a president lately.

    Liked by 5 people

  26. Kleen says:

    Tremendous leader! That man puts Country above politics.
    I agree with what he just did.
    Meanwhile the left wants free tuition for illegals.

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  27. RJ says:

    I’ve got tears in my eyes over this story. When I go the my VA hospital and see the young people with injuries…this is the right and honorable decision by a real Commander In Chief!

    I salute my President!

    Liked by 5 people

  28. Chimpy says:

    I cannot think of a better way for my tax dollars to be spent. Period.

    Liked by 6 people

  29. Tiffthis says:

    This is something everyone can get behind 💯🥰🙌🏼

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Gunner says:

    Once again, the man personifies leadership. Damn…just when I think I can’t possibly admire and respect him any more than I already do, he grabs me by the shoulder and says, ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet’.

    March on, Mr. President!! And, on behalf of all veterans, thank you and ‘Semper Fi’!

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  31. All this having properly been said, “thirty years ago, my four-year college degree cost this out-of-state student a grand total of $13,000 … which was entirely paid for by a beneficent candy company. Today, the web-site of that exact same public(!) University calmly tells me that the same degree will cost me nearly half-a-million dollars, and that the lab fees for a single semester might cost me more than the entirety of what I paid.

    “‘Scuse me, but I smell a rat.” In truth, a “college” is little more than “a high school.” It’s a classroom, populated by a teacher who isn’t paid nearly enough … and whose salary certainly bears no relation at all to the stupendous amounts of money that the students in his/her classroom are being asked to pay.

    “If ‘high school’ is still ‘free,’ prithee, why not college?”

    “The educational experience” … what you actually get … is quite frankly exactly the same. And the University itself, except for a handful of nice new buildings, is also the same. So … “where’s the beef?”

    Of course I know the answer: Wall Street speculators, having finally decided that they could no longer peddle “derivative securities” based on “sub-prime” (i.e. worthless …) mortgages, decided to enslave our students in mountains of non-dischargeable debts which they could sell, even though they can’t link any security back to the student-debt to which it ostensibly belongs.

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  32. covfefe999 says:

    I am so in agreement with this! I don’t want other people’s student loan debt wiped out but it makes total sense for disabled vets! Really great idea. I love my President. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

    • Whereas, I think that those “debts” absolutely should be wiped out – let the Wall Street speculators “whistle for it” – because you absolutely cannot convince me that they received any sort of “value” that in any way “corresponds to” the stupendous amounts of cash that they were asked to pay.

      (Furthermore, I seriously question whether the colleges actually received the money. If they had, the common areas of their student centers ought to be by now paid with pure gold.)

      “College” … is “a classroom.” Different subject-matter, yes, but the associated costs are basically exactly like those of any high school … which, at least as of this writing, is still free. (“Compulsory,” in fact.) I assure you that college professors are not driving around in Lamborghinis, even though students today are being required to pay twenty, thirty, fifty times as much as I did to sit in the selfsame classrooms.

      I have no sympathy for Wall Street speculators, and I refuse to watch an entire generation of young Americans be reduced to debtors to support their gambling. If these were “honest debts, incurred to win honest and commensurate gains,” that might be one thing. But, they’re not. This is fraud.

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  33. ATheoK says:

    “For the last decade, veterans seeking loan discharges have been required to submit an application to the Secretary of Education with proof of their disabilities obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

    Hidebound paper driven paper pushers forcing people to arduously complete archaic redundant multiple page forms often immaterial to what the applicant needs.

    There is a third agency that should be included in that order; i.e. Social Security Administration.
    Not that SSA needs to be included in DOJ’s and DOE’s declaration of disability. Instead that same disability declaration needs to be shared with SSA instead of the disabled person having to apply through SSA’s even more impenetrable archaic paperwork process.

    While President Trump si addressing ridiculous DOE departments, how about eliminating DOE’s SWAT team and enforcement division?

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  34. Rynn69 says:

    Thank you so much, Mr. President.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Wolfman Jack says:

    Is this really a good idea? Davy Crockett, the congressman, was able to stop Congress from paying money to a worthy charitable cause by pointing out it that such an action was not authorized by the Constitution. That was almost 200 years ago. The US has changed so much since then, How different would the world be if those in need could only rely on voluntary contributions, rather than tax money, which is collected by compulsion?

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