Forgive Student Loan Debt for Veterans

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"It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It is about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they have earned when they come home. It's about serving all of you as well as you've served the United States of America." ~ Former President of the United States

I am a veteran and while thankfully not totally and permanently disabled I joined the United States Marine Corps with the intent of serving my country and earning benefits to pay for college upon completion of my service. After being honorably discharged in 2005, I enrolled in college. I have since finished my degree and am working full-time, but still have a large amount of student loan debt. I worked while going to school, but due to tuition costs and cost of living, I had to take out student loans. 

I know I am not alone in my situation. Many veterans have served their country and are now struggling with student loan debt. An article in the LA Times cited that 26% of undergraduates receiving veteran’s education benefits also take out federal or private student loans.

Recently, Donald Trump has helped streamline the process for totally and permanently disabled veterans to have their student loans forgiven. I applaud him for that first step, but I believe this should be expanded to all veterans with an honorable discharge.

This is not only the right thing to do for current veterans, but it would send a signal to those future veterans that the United States cares about it Veterans.