Yost calls for automatic student loan debt forgiveness for disabled veterans

WFMJ | Cristen Manion

Ohio’s Attorney General has joined the ranks of those asking the Department of Education to forgive the student loans of thousands of disabled veterans. 

Dave Yost signed a onto the letter of 51 attorney generals that are asking the federal deparment to automatically forgive the loans. 

According to Yost’s office, DOE identified more than 42,000 veterans as eligible for student loan relief due to a service-related total and permanent disability last year.  

The attorneys general note in their letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that fewer than 9,000 of those veterans had applied to have their loans discharged by April 2018. More than 25,000 had student loans in default.

“There is nothing our nation could possibly do for these brave men and women that is ever going to be repayment enough,” Yost said. “This is one area in which we can guarantee them the relief they so richly deserve – and that they already are entitled to under the law.”

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