SCRA: Legal Protections for Military Personnel
Release Date: 06/18/2019
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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), formerly known as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, are a set of laws that allow military personnel and servicemembers to focus on defending our nation, instead of worrying about financial issues and legal actions. The SCRA’s important protections come into play in any legal proceeding involving active duty military personnel, and include additional requirements to assist in protecting them. Join Steve and Rebecca as they discuss this important legislation, and what you need to know to comply with it in your subrogation actions.
If you are an attorney and would like to donate your legal services to assist servicemembers, veterans, or their families, you can find information on the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, Operation Standby, ABA Home Front, and the Veterans’ Claims Assistance Network here.
If you are a servicemember with questions about the Act, please refer to the excellent SCRA Questions and Answers for Servicemembers page on the Department of Justice’s website.
From the Department of Justice, if you have additional questions or feel that your rights under the SCRA have been violated, contact the Armed Forces Legal Assistance Program office near you.
If you are in an emergency situation (such as an imminent foreclosure, eviction or repossession), you can contact Civil Rights Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section: (202) 514-4713
TTY – 202-305-1882
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, NWB
Washington, D.C. 20530
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