Jul 16, 2020

An Unprecedented Change Due to the Pandemic.


An Unprecedented Change Due to the Pandemic.

There may finally be some good news out of the COVID pandemic for veterans. The VA suspended debt payments through the rest of the calendar year. According to the VA, the agency suspended all debt collection efforts. The change is the result of the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation. The virus affects civilians and active duty service members alike. Furthermore, due to the fact that many veterans skew older, the risk to vets is proportionally higher than the rest of the population. All of this added to the VA's decision making.

What it Means for You.

According to the VA, President Trump directed the agency to suspend collecting debts. The President said, "At my direction, Secretary Wilkie will use any authority at his disposal to extend deadlines for benefits and suspend debt collections." As of last year, the total amount of VA debt collections was $1.6 billion. This includes health care debts owed by veterans. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie wrote in a statement, "Veterans and their families should be focused on their health and safety during the pandemic." Vets with questions about debt collection can call the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.

The suspension of debt collection will mean many things, depending on what life situation you are in. For veterans, like myself, this is the most welcome news. Debt repayment for medical treatment or money owed to the federal government is off our plate for the rest of the year. For families struggling with Coronavirus - related issues, this is a godsend. If you have any questions about your VA related debt, I am here to help.

I studied law after serving in the United States Marine Corps. As a disabled veteran, these issues are personal to me. For more info, call me at the number below or email me at michael@ehlinelaw.com. We'll get through this together.