VA offers 90 day pause in debt collection due to natural disasters

Julia LeDoux
September 21, 2020 - 2:36 pm
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering debt relief to veterans impacted by natural disasters, including the wildfires plaguing the West Coast and Hurricane Sally.

In a release, the VA said it recognizes veterans and beneficiaires are negatively impacted by the disasters, which prompted the offering of financial debt relief.    

“Veterans and their families should be focused on their health and safety during the natural disasters,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA is taking action to give those with pending debts greater flexibility during these challenging times.” 

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That includes the suspension of debt collection action for up to 90 days or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts, whichever the veteran prefers, according to the release. 

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The VA earlier announced it would pause debt collection through 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To request assistance for VA financial debt relief, contact the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648. 

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com

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