President Trump moved Wednesday to grant veterans who are severely disabled automatic federal student loan forgiveness, rather than requiring them to fill out paperwork for a benefit provided by law.

“They have made a sacrifice that is so great,” Trump said in a speech to the AMVETS national convention in Louisville.

A Freedom of Information Act request made by the advocacy group Veterans Education Success found that the Education Department contacted more than 42,000 disabled veterans, 25,000 of whom were in default on their student loans. Yet barely 8,500 had signed and returned the application for a discharge as of May 2018.

To date, the partnership between the Education Department and VA has resulted in the federal government providing more than $650 million in student loan relief to more than 22,000 eligible veterans.

Read the full story at The Washington Post, “Trump Administration to Automatically Forgive the Student Debt of Permanently Disabled Veterans” published August 21, 2019.