President Trump said he would save 25,000 wounded warriors at an average of $ 30,000.
The rollout of the executive action occurred during the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., Where Mr. Trump was joined onstage by Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, and the deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, James Byrne .
"I am proud to announce that I am taking executive action to ensure that our wounded warriors are not saddled with student money," Mr. Trump said. "They have made a sacrifice that's so great. And they're such incredible people. And they never complain. They never complain. That's hundreds of millions of dollars in student debt held by our severely wounded warriors. It's gone forever. "
While 50,000 permanent disabled veterans in the country are eligible for relief under a decade-old debt forgiveness program, only half of them have been qualified because of cumbersome requirements, according to the White House.
The executive action signed by Mr. Trump directs the Education Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs to simplify the process. The president said he would not have to pay the federal tax on the forgiven debt.
"So that's really big stuff," Mr. Trump said.
Some of the administration's critics, however, have said that Ms. DeVos has hindered the process.
"As a nation, we have a moral obligation to assist those who have made their lives on the line to defend us," the group wrote.