(a) Limitation on Authority.—
The Secretary may not collect all or any part of an amount owed to the United States by a member of the Armed Forces or veteran described in subsection (b) under any program under the laws administered by the Secretary, other than a program referred to in subsection (c), if the Secretary determines that termination of collection is in the best interest of the United States.
(b) Covered Individuals.—
A member of the Armed Forces or veteran described in this subsection is any member or veteran who dies as a result of an injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while serving in a theater of combat operations (as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense) in a war or in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities after September 11, 2001.
(c) Inapplicability to Housing and Small Business Benefit Programs.—
The limitation on authority in subsection (a) shall not apply to any amounts owed the United States under any program carried out under chapter 37 of this title.
(Added Pub. L. 110–252, title I, § 1303(a)(1), June 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 2327; amended Pub. L. 114–58, title VI, § 601(21), Sept. 30, 2015, 129 Stat. 539.)