Student loans: Even military worries about rising debt


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The U.S. military voiced concern on Thursday over mounting student loan debt owed by American troops, saying loan companies appeared to be taking advantage of U.S. forces - guiding them away from special protections they earned through service.

Some 41 percent of America's armed forces are holding student debt, according to one recent survey, and Pentagon officials say financial troubles are among the top sources of anxiety among troops -- sometimes even topping war itself.

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