- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Sen. Angus King has introduced an amendment he says would help veterans more easily get student loan forgiveness.

King’s amendment would require the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Education to streamline the disability verification process.

He says that would ensure permanently disabled veterans are relieved of their federal student loan debt.

This kind of loan forgiveness is allowed under current law, but King says a lack of coordination between federal departments is potentially causing veterans to miss out on it.

King, an Independent, introduced the amendment along with Sens. Rob Portman and Chris Coons. Portman is an Ohio Republican and Coons is a Delaware Democrat. It is an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

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