Tom Steyer: Betsy DeVos is Stiffing Disabled Veterans
Donald Trump, who received 5 deferments, says he would have loved to serve in the military, but he did not support the Vietnam War. The President often talks about his love for the military and makes support for the troops and important part of his platform.
The Trump Administration, however, is now being called out and failing to abide by a rule that forgives the student loans of disabled veterans. Today, Democratic Presidential candidate, Tom Steyer, called out Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, for failing to enact this policy.
Steyer wrote, “On this Purple Heart Day we honor the bravery and sacrifice of our military. One way we can say thank you is by following through on the promise to forgive the student loan debt of permanently disabled veterans.”
The billionaire philanthropist continued, “Current law requires the US Department of Education to forgive the student loan debt of permanently disabled veterans. But they have resisted—leaving more than 42,000 disabled vets carrying over $1 billion in student debt.”
The candidate ended his message by appealing directly to DeVos. “Nothing is stopping Betsy DeVos from doing the right thing, right now,” wrote Steyer. “As president, I’ll discharge all student debt for permanently disabled veterans immediately.”
Nothing is stopping @BetsyDeVosED from doing the right thing, right now.
As president, I'll discharge all student debt for permanently disabled veterans immediately.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) August 7, 2019
This is not the first time the Secretary of Education has been asked about the failure to enact this policy. In May of this year, 47 states asked that DeVos forgive the loans. They wrote in a letter, “As a nation, we have a moral obligation to assist those who have put their lives on the line to defend us. There is no statutory or legal requirement that the Department of Education demand that eligible veterans affirmatively apply for TPD discharges before the Department will forgive their loans.”