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house Bill H.R. 3598

Should the Federal Student Loan Debt of Eligible Permanently Disabled Veterans be Automatically Forgiven?

Argument in favor

Permanently disabled veterans and veterans who are unable to work for other reasons are already eligible for federal student loan debt forgiveness. However, 80% of eligible veterans have yet to file the necessary paperwork to have their loans forgiven. By making federal student loan debt forgiveness for eligible veterans automatic, this bill would remove a significant barrier to their abilities to claim debt forgiveness.

jimK's Opinion
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03/10/2020
Absolutely forgive permanently disabled vet student loan debts. Their sacrifice exceeds the service requirements currently in place for student loan debt forgiveness. Screw the paper work argument! This is the Department of Education for God’s sake - educate yourselves and figure out how to do it. What a dumb-ass argument for voting Nay.
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eireprof's Opinion
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03/10/2020
I actually think we ought to forgive all student loan debt.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/10/2020
Forgive all student loan debt and then stop the federal student loans program entirely. No one should have to go through the misery I have had to go through.
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Argument opposed

The paperwork requirement for eligible permanently disabled veterans and veterans who can’t work for other reasons to claim federal student loan debt forgiveness is reasonable. Automatic forgiveness of this debt without any paperwork could compromise the Dept. of Education’s and VA’s ability to keep track of how many veterans claim this benefit, and in what dollar amounts.

Jeff's Opinion
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03/10/2020
I am a veteran and it should be a case by case basis. We don’t need hand outs. Just help depending on need.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/10/2020
As a permanently disabled veteran I say “No, because it should be forgiven for everybody. If we aren’t all free, none of us are free”
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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03/10/2020
Perhaps in some cases, but not all. There should be decisions made on an individual basis.
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    Absolutely forgive permanently disabled vet student loan debts. Their sacrifice exceeds the service requirements currently in place for student loan debt forgiveness. Screw the paper work argument! This is the Department of Education for God’s sake - educate yourselves and figure out how to do it. What a dumb-ass argument for voting Nay.
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    I am a veteran and it should be a case by case basis. We don’t need hand outs. Just help depending on need.
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    I actually think we ought to forgive all student loan debt.
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    Forgive all student loan debt and then stop the federal student loans program entirely. No one should have to go through the misery I have had to go through.
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    I do support this student loan forgiveness for not only disabled veterans but also for veterans who are unable to get decent jobs to keep up with the debt. These men & women deserve this break for their most honorable service to our country.
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    As a permanently disabled veteran I say “No, because it should be forgiven for everybody. If we aren’t all free, none of us are free”
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    Yes of course they fought and sacrificed for our country. They don’t need that extra stress.
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    Yes, and hurry.
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    Yes, eligible, permanently disabled veterans who have student loan debt, should automatically be granted loan forgiveness!
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    Ummm YES!
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    Yes and the restrictions on work and further education should be removed. People can’t rely on social security in this fascist state
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    We must honor those who served.
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    This is a good idea but with one possible problem. The IRS says forgiven debt is income and taxable, so if it non taxable for veterans then by all means do it
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    Go, Dane!
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    I have trouble understanding this as a question. My late husband came out of the Air Force with 100% service connected disability. If he had student loans debt, which he didn’t, I would expect the same country which he served and which took his body from him to also take his school debt. Many give some. Some give it all. I expect the US to give back.
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    Yes. Some veterans have been permanently adversely affected from their devoted service to our country. We owe our military an abundance of gratitude in protecting our country and then some. Shame on Democrats who would deplete and weaken our military. Student loans by the federal government on the whole offered to everyone in the country should have never been implemented and has become a huge financial burden to many with the government not working with individuals so they can reasonably pay back.
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    Try being permanently disabled for a week or so and then make your decision.
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    If they committed their life to their country, they’ve earned their country to commit to them.
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    Yes! 1000% yes
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    They have risked their lives for country and deserve everything we can get to them.
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