Sinema, Costello Introduce Bipartisan MVP Act to Assistant Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) introduced the Match Veterans to Student Loan Protections (MVP) Act to ensure veterans who incur a total and permanent disability (TPD) are proactively identified and notified of their eligibility for student loan discharge.

The MVP Act creates a new computer matching system between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Education to automatically identify federal student loan borrowers who are veterans determined to be unemployable due to a service-connected condition. Eligibility includes veterans with either a 100 percent disabling service-connected condition or an individual employability determination from the VA.

“Every day, brave men and women sacrifice everything to defend our freedom and protect our country,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “When they return home, they deserve our highest gratitude – that includes knowing their legal rights and benefits. Our MVP Act is a commonsense solution that cuts bureaucratic red tape and helps Arizona veterans achieve the American Dream.”

“Servicemembers make humbling sacrifices for our country, and veterans who return home with their lives permanently altered by disability deserve to know exactly what rights they are afforded under the law, including the right to student loan discharge,” said Congressman Costello. “I am honored to represent thousands of Pennsylvania veterans, and it is my hope this program will provide relief to those whose lives and livelihoods are permanently altered as a result of their service to our nation.”

Currently, not all veterans with permanently disabling service-connected disabilities receive the relief they are entitled to simply because they are unaware of their rights under the law.  To help solve this problem, eligible veterans would be notified and given simple instructions on how to apply for relief under a streamlined process.

Similar systems are already in place to automatically identify student loan borrowers who are eligible for TPD discharge based on their status as recipients of Social Security disability benefits. This legislation would create equal treatment for individuals who receive an unemployability determination through the VA rather than the Social Security Administration.