"I am humbled to have the honor of working with the Carpenter family to introduce this legislation," DesJarlais said Tuesday. "It is a fitting way to fix a glaring problem in our tax code, while paying tribute to the memory of Lance Cpl. Carpenter. His family has experienced the pain of losing their son, husband and father. Hopefully, if passed, this measure will in some way ease this burden."

DesJarlais noted that the bill would not require lenders to forgive student loans for soldiers when they are killed in action, and would only prevent the IRS from collecting taxes on any loans that are forgiven.

He did say that the bill would apply retroactively to Oct. 7, 2001, the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.