As Veteran of the United States Navy, I thought it appropriate to address the Discharge of Federal Student Loans if a Military Veteran is disabled because of a service related injury.
As we all know, in today’s economy student loans seem to haunt every generation. The most recent graduate, who finds their student loans are not due for the first time, recognizes this. The student loan borrower who has exhausted their very last deferment is feeling the pinch. Even those who are drawing Social Security or other Federal Benefit, may realize the catastrophic economic impact of the offsetting of their benefits.
However, nothing is more injurious to our Disabled American Veterans who find themselves lost and confused because they have U.S. Veterans Benefits that are insufficient in addressing their living expenses and their Federal Student Loans.
The U.S. Department of Education has a Student Loan Discharge program for Disabled Veterans. If a Veteran is unemployable due to a service connected disability, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, then the Veteran may be able to Discharge his or her obligation to repay their Federal Student Loans, without regard to balance owed or status of collections.
Additionally, there are two other extra benefits for the Disabled Veteran who qualifies. The first being that any and all amounts paid to the Federal Student Loans, are refunded to the Veteran and retroactively applied to the date of Disability Determination. The second, there is no requirement for any monitoring of the Disability. Both are extremely beneficial to the Disabled Veteran.
Call to Action:
If you find yourself unable to address your student loans, and are drawing benefits under Social Security, Social Security Disability, State Disability, or any Disability Rating by the Veterans Administration, please contact my office for an evaluation of your financial situation.
These programs are available to Veterans and Retired Persons.