On Wednesday President Trump signed an executive order that will be felt for generations to come.
President Trump canceled federal student loan debts for tens of thousands of veterans who are 100% disabled, saying it’s the nation who owes them for their service.
During the 75th annual American Veterans convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the president signed an executive action directing the Education Department to eliminate “every penny” of student loan debt for over 25,000 disabled veterans
“That’s hundreds of millions of dollars in student debt held by our severely wounded warriors — it’s gone forever,” the president said.
President Trump spoke during the event, and asked for Sgt. Katherine Cassell to join him. Sgt. Cassell developed severe lung problems and other ailments after serving two tours in Iraq with the Army, Navy and Air Force. She is now working toward a degree at the University of Nevada.
“Veterans like Katherine, who have made such enormous sacrifices for our country, should not be asked to pay any more. Rather it is America who owes our heroes a supreme debt of gratitude.”
The president also took time to bring up the issue of mental health among our nation’s veterans. This from the Washington Times:
The president also addressed the suicide crisis among veterans. He touted a new nasal spray approved by the Food and Drug Administration that is being used to treat individuals for depression.
Mr. Trump also called on the drug manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, to provide the spray to the government free of charge. He said he has ordered the VA to buy as much of it as possible in the meantime.
The president has always made it a point to show his support for the troops, both in rhetoric and action, but this is a HUGE move. These men and women served our country, and paid a hefty price. The least we could do is forgive their college debt.