HAVEN Act — Bankruptcy Information For Veterans

grandpa veteran, wears a jacket adorned with military medals and pins, he wears a beaten up sweater underneath and holds flowers in an old wrinkled hand.Veterans, service members, and their families often go through times of hardship. Some of the challenges are unique to the military experience, but many troubles are the same as those found in civilian life. Financial struggles are a part of life for people of all backgrounds, and sometimes the only solution is to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

If you’re a veteran, you may be concerned that filing for bankruptcy will eliminate your benefits. However, President Trump signed the HAVEN Act last summer, which can help alleviate this worry. The HAVEN Act helps to ensure that certain veteran benefits to you and your family won’t be considered part of your Current Monthly Income (CMI) when you file for bankruptcy.

Some of the veteran benefits excluded from CMI include:

  • Disability
  • Combat-related compensation
  • Disability severance
  • Payments to survivors of deceased military family members
  • Disability-related retirement pay
  • And more

This is a brief overview of how the HAVEN Act can help veterans with their bankruptcy, but there are many intricacies that can make things confusing and overwhelming. If you’re a service member or veteran considering bankruptcy, it’s important to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney to help guide you through the process.

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