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Calls grow for student loans to be discharged for disabled veterans

Posted at 3:31 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 15:31:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York's Attorney General is joining the coalition of 51 Attorneys General calling for automatic discharges of student loans for "totally and permanently" disabled veterans.

The U.S. Department of Education identified more than 42,000 veterans as eligible for student load relief last year.

"Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect our country and we have a duty to protect them in return," said Attorney General Letitia James. "On Memorial Day, as we honor the lives of all those we lost, we can also honor the service of those still with us by providing them with this financial relief. I strongly urge DOE to discharge these student loans and support the brave men and women who supported us."

The letter written up by the coalition calls on the DOE to come up with a way to automatically discharge the student loans of disabled veterans. While the process is in development, the letter proposes the DOE halt debt collection efforts targeting disabled veterans, and clear their credit reports of any negative reporting relating to their student loans.