WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF

- 9/19/2020

 VA offers debt relief to Veterans impacted by natural disasters

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans

adversely impacted by natural disasters.

The department recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries are negatively impacted by the wildfires and hurricanes prompting 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.”

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

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

USDVA shared that emergency assistance is available through Sep 30 for veterans affected by the wildfires in Oregon and California through the PenFed Foundation. Here is the link to the website with information. Please communicate this through all means as quickly as possible since we’re close to the deadline: https://penfedfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/va-relief/?content=on