| Yesterday, President Trump visited Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the American Veterans 75th National Convention. Before a crowd of thousands of veterans, the President announced new executive action that will ensure 25,000 of America’s wounded warriors receive the education benefits they’ve rightfully earned.
The newly signed Presidential Memorandum will “eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled,” President Trump said.
Of the some 50,000 disabled veterans qualified to have these loans discharged, only about half have received their benefit. Now, the burdensome process to obtain this hard-earned assistance will be simplified, setting the stage to wipe out an average of $30,000 in debt for the 25,000 remaining eligible veterans.
My administration is committed to taking care of every warrior that returns home as a veteran.
President Donald J. Trump
EDUCATING OUR VETERANS: President Donald J. Trump is ensuring our veterans receive the student loan and educational benefits to which they are entitled and deserve.
- Today, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum that ensures our totally and permanently disabled veterans obtain the Federal student loan debt discharges they are entitled.
- Only half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their Federal student loan discharged have received this entitled benefit.
- The process by which our disabled veterans apply for Federal student loan discharges is too burdensome.
- The memorandum directs the Secretaries of Education and Veterans Affairs to develop a new expedited process to help totally and permanently disabled veterans have their Federal student loan debt discharged with minimal burdens.
- Also, in 2017, President Trump signed into law the Forever GI Bill, allowing individuals to access their veteran educational benefits at any point in during their lifetime.
FIGHTING FOR OUR VETERANS: President Trump will continue to fight for and protect our veterans, just as they courageously fought for and protected our country.
- President Trump remains committed to the care and well-being of every single warrior who has served in the United States military.
- The President signed into law the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing VA employees and support whistleblowers.
- Since, the VA has fired more than 7,600 employees who have failed our veterans and has instituted reforms to increase efficiency and decrease abuse.
- VA healthcare is now significantly better than when President Trump was elected, with trust in VA outpatient health care now close to 90%.
PROVIDING THE SUPPORT OUR HEROES DESERVE: President Trump will continue to ensure our veterans receive quality healthcare and have access to the resources they need to succeed.
- This Administration is working tirelessly to ensure that veterans receive the highest quality of care and support possible.
- The President signed the VA MISSION Act, providing more healthcare options for veterans by consolidating existing programs and expanding access to care in veterans’ own communities.
- President Trump is also committed to ending the tragedy of veterans’ suicide, securing $8.6 billion in funding for VA mental health services.
- President Trump’s PREVENTS Initiative executive order established a task force to help better understand and prevent suicide.
- Since the President’s election, veteran unemployment was reduced to the lowest level ever recorded.