AG successfully lobbies student loan discharge for permanently disabled veterans

Leevin Camacho
Attorney General Leevin Camacho (file photo)

Guam Attorney General Leevin Camacho, along with other AGs nationwide, was able to successfully lobby for student loan discharges for permanently disabled veterans.

President Donald Trump has just ordered the Secretary of Education to develop as soon as possible a process to facilitate the discharge of federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans pursuant to section 437 of the Higher Education Act.

The President was responding to a call made by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) urging the U.S. Department of Education to take prompt action to satisfy its statutory mandate to discharge the student loans of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled or otherwise unemployable.

The association said that as a nation, the U.S. has a moral obligation to assist those who have put their lives on the line to defend the country.

“Because America’s veterans deserve better, we ask the Department to develop
an automatic discharge process to ensure that all eligible veterans can have
their student loans forgiven,” NAAG stated.

In his memorandum to the Department of Education, President Trump ordered 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.

Guam AG Camacho, who was a signatory to the NAAG letter, thanked President Trump for his prompt action in discharging student loans for veterans who are permanently and totally disabled.

“We are grateful to our veterans and show it through action. In May, I and 50 other AGs urged U.S. DOE to discharge student loan debts for disabled veterans. Today, it was made official through executive order. Thank you, veterans, for your service and loyalty,” AG Camacho said.