Biden to Award the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Army Veteran

Biden to Award the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Army Veteran

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
September 2, 2023

President Joe Biden (D) is scheduled to award the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Army veteran Larry Taylor.

The Medal of Honor is an esteemed U.S. military award given to soldiers for distinguishing themselves through an act of valor.

Taylor was an Army first lieutenant and Cobra helicopter pilot. In his flying of hundreds of missions, he saved several lives.

The pilot’s heroism is astonishing, as it includes acts that were considered rare and risky by his contemporaries.

On June 18, 1968, Taylor risked his life to save four men who were surrounded by opposing troops. The reconnaissance team had been tracking Vietnam soldiers when their covers were exposed, leaving them in danger.

After Taylor unleashed an aerial assault, he landed the aircraft while low on fuel. The heroic Vietnam War veteran and pilot was only on the ground for around 10 seconds before he lifted the men out of the line of fire.

In other news, as Biden has called for action to stop the student debt crisis, Democratic lawmakers have called for him to do more on the issue.

In 2022, Biden announced a plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for Americans under a certain income threshold. However, that plan was struck down by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

“Your plan would have provided targeted relief to families across the country, with nearly 90 percent of relief dollars going to borrowers earning less than $75,000 a year. An estimated 20 million people would have seen their student debt balances eliminated entirely, including nearly half of all Latino borrowers and one out of four Black borrowers,” reads the letter.

The letter highlights how the student debt crisis disproportionately affects different demographics. And while the writers of the letter did highlight how ethnicities face different amounts of debt, it also discussed how senior citizens face large sums of debt as well.

“Roughly 16 percent of borrowers – including almost one-third of senior citizens holding student debt – are in default, with disastrous consequences for their credit and financial health, including the garnishment of wages and government benefits.”

The letter continues, stating, “In fact, nearly three million people over the age of 62 owed more than $110 billion in federal student loans, putting seniors at risk of having their Social Security benefits garnished. More than a third of borrowers eligible for student debt cancellation under your plan are age 40 or older.” 

Biden has implemented several policies that attempt to slow the burden of student debt and its payments. Student loan interest and payments are set to resume soon, so the president has put “on-ramps” in place to help borrowers.

“[W]e remain gravely concerned about the Department of Education’s projections that without additional relief, student debt delinquencies and defaults will spike once repayment resumes,” reads the letter.

“The Department of Education should work to ensure that implementation of the final rule to provide debt relief does not happen after the 12-month on-ramp ends in effort to further reduce the risk of delinquency and default.”

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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