Congressman Paul Cosponsors "Combat Veterans Debt Elimination Act" PDF Print E-mail

Congressman Paul Cosponsors "Combat Veterans Debt Elimination Act"

February 6, 2008

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Washington, DC - Congressman Ron Paul has signed on as a cosponsor of legislation that would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from collecting certain debts owed to the United States by members of the Armed Forces and veterans who die as a result of an injury incurred or aggravated on active duty in a combat zone.  

If a service member dies in combat and has received Montgomery GI benefits, his or her surviving family members are required to repay those loans.

So far the VA has attempted to recover over $56,000 from the families of 22 deceased service members, with the bulk of the money owed in the form of college loans.

“This practice is an outrage and adds insult to injury to our fallen war heroes.  They have given their lives in service to their country and they deserve better than this,” stated Congressman Paul.

Three of the 22 cases of this occurred in the State of Texas, which is more than any other state.

Introduced by Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) H.R. 5148, The Combat Veterans Debt Elimination Act would wipe the slate clean for these grieving families, giving them the peace of mind that the sacrifice their loved one made on behalf of a grateful nation is honored.