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A Federal Program Has Been Wiping Away Disabled Vet's Student Debt.

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    I wanted to share this with the military and veterans community. With all the sad craziness going on in the news about the government, we can use some good news for a change. Happy I found an article from the military times that featured a federal program called Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, or TPD. So far, it has made 42,000 veterans eligible for student loan forgiveness. This also includes forgiveness of federal student loans disabled veterans take out on their children. Veterans who qualify have either a permanent service-connected disability, or receive disability benefits at the 100% level.

    Since October, 42,000 eligible veterans have been contacted and 7,700 had their loans discharged. It may not seem like a lot so far, but that's relief for 7,700 families, and hopefully more to come. It still isn't perfect, but I think as the program progresses and those running it get more experience, the kinks will get ironed out, and hopefully even more disabled vets will get the help they deserve. Does anyone think they should expand the qualifications for loan forgiveness? Should it stay at the 100% level, or be changed?

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    HollisM Wrote:

    Does anyone think they should expand the qualifications for loan forgiveness? Should it stay at the 100% level, or be changed?

    Probably should stay at 100% to qualify as top priority, and then start paying off loans in tiers of disabled priority after that, if it ever grows to be able to do so. That said, that is really good news. Cheers to them for putting the program together and helping those families out. That's 7000+ weights lifted off of those families shoulders and counting. Thumbs Up
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    J.K.Logic Wrote:
    Probably should stay at 100% to qualify as top priority, and then start paying off loans in tiers of disabled priority after that, if it ever grows to be able to do so.

    I agree. That's an interesting way of thinking about it, priority wise. It would definitely give more structure to such a program. Perhaps going down by fifths or tenths. I'm no expert, so I wouldn't know where to comfortably put the cut-off. I hope they're able to reach out to more veterans, especially since like the article said, so many of them are defaulting on their loans. All in all, good news for sure!