Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is applauding the president for his efforts “to take care” of those Americans “who have done the most.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday at the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Ky., to give permanently disabled U.S. veterans student loan forgiveness. The veterans forgiven won’t have to pay federal income tax on their loans, either.
The measure orders that the government makes an easier process for veterans to apply, so it’ll be less burdensome, according to Fox News.
“I am proud to announce that I am taking executive action to ensure that our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt. They have made a sacrifice that’s so great. And they’re such incredible people. And they never complain. They never complain. That’s hundreds of millions of dollars in student debt held by our severely wounded warriors. It’s gone forever.”
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It was my honor to sign a Presidential Memorandum facilitating the cancellation of student loan debt for 25K of our most severely disabled Veterans. With today’s order, we express the everlasting love & loyalty of a truly grateful Nation. God bless our Vets, & God Bless America! pic.twitter.com/MMMsX3RDQM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2019
During Thursday’s interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Wilkie called the president’s action from Wednesday “another part in the president’s program that has moved those who have suffered the most to the front of the line.”
“Last year, we put those who hold the Purple Heart at the front of the line when it comes to claims and benefits, and this is the second part of the president’s effort to take care [of] those who have done the most, and what this does is it opens the aperture for about 25,000 veterans who have been saddled with tremendous student loan debt, but at the same time, they are 100% either combat or service-connected disabled. And the president is seeking to remedy that wrong so that these folks will not have that burden as they confront their daily struggles.”
Asked if there is any “push back” by congress members on this, Wilkie said there hadn’t been any opposition and he’d be “shocked” if there were.
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Wilkie noted that it was a “two-pronged process” prior for disabled veterans to apply for student loan forgiveness, but now, Trump’s “essentially eliminated the process” on his end.
“The only thing we will do is certify to the Department of Education that those veterans are 100% either combat disabled or service-connected disabled,” he said, adding, “and that will cut down on the frustrations that many of them have experienced in the last few years.”