After a letter from 51 attorneys general urging action, President Donald Trump recently announced a directive requiring U.S. Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs to discharge student debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans.

“I applaud President Trump’s move to forgive the student loan debt of these brave veterans,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a release. “Their sacrifice protected our nation.

“Hopefully, our coalition’s effort to bring forth this directive will provide relief and peace of mind.” 

Last year, the release said, the Education Department identified more than 42,000 veterans as eligible for student loan relief due to a service-related total and permanent disability. Fewer than 9,000 had applied to have their loans discharged by April 2018 and more than 25,000 had student loans in default.

The attorneys general noted the federal government had taken some steps to make it easier for eligible veterans to secure student loan relief; however, an automatic discharge process that gives individual veterans an opportunity to opt out for personal reasons would eliminate unnecessary paperwork and ensure that all eligible veterans receive a discharge.  

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