A U.S. Veteran Restarts Her Life after Resolving a Debt

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Linda Green was a college graduate, published author and poet, and had risen to the ranks of captain in the U.S. Army when her life changed forever. The birth of her child left her disabled. She was forced to leave the military, and she struggled for years with depression. Like most college graduates, Green also had student loan debt which was deferred due to her disability status. However, just weeks before a life-changing surgery (following more than a half-dozen surgeries since her military discharge) Green was informed that her disability benefits, her sole source of income, would be garnished by 20% for student loan repayments. Besides major surgery to reconstruct her abdominal wall and notice of garnishment by the department of education, Green was in the midst of a battle with Veteran Services regarding her disability status. Unsure of how she was going to financially survive if her disability was garnished, Green came to Legal Aid for help.

“Overwhelmed was an understatement,” said Green. However, she knew this issue could not wait. Two weeks after the surgery, while still recuperating, Green came to a Legal Aid clinic hosted in partnership with the Veterans Administration’s Community Resource and Referral Center on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

“The Legal Aid attorney was really excited to help with my situation”¦it took a lot of pressure off me,” said Green. Over the next month, Ms. Green’s disability checks were no longer garnished. No more money was withdrawn from her disability accounts. And, a few weeks later, she received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education informing her that her student loan debt was discharged.

“I would have never considered reaching out to Legal Aid if they didn’t have the clinic for U.S. Veterans. I thought I was just going to have to sit back and pray I don’t get taken advantage of,” said Green. “Working with Legal Aid made this process so much easier; I don’t think I would have been able to do this by myself. The Legal Aid attorneys validated my own assessment of my situation. They were so prepared and willing to help that it made all the difference in actually making this happen.” Green is now student loan debt-free and has one less worry on her road to recovery. Legal Aid empowers clients like Ms. Green to continue to advocate for positive results in their own lives.

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