Military Consumer Protection Day Renews Call To Restore Servicemembers’ Access To Justice

Today, a coalition of state Attorneys General, government entities, and advocates for servicemembers and consumers will observe Military Consumer Protection Day.

Military Consumer Protection Day is a joint initiative to empower active duty and retired servicemembers, military families, veterans and civilians in the military community to defend against fraud and enhance their financial decision-making.

When our servicemembers are on active duty, their focus should be on protecting our nation – not on predatory schemes, scams, abuses and frauds causing financial difficulties at home. To help reduce the legal and financial burdens that military duty places on our military personnel and their families, Congress passed the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA).

Unfortunately, servicemembers are often specifically targeted by unscrupulous businesses, and many servicemembers are unable to enforce their SCRA rights because of a forced arbitration clause buried in the fine print of their loan applications, rental agreements, credit card statements and other financial documents. These forced arbitration clauses prevent servicemembers from using the court system to defend their rights and instead funnels them into a rigged arbitration system designed by the very corporations that violate SCRA.

Congress can restore the rights of servicemembers, and it is now considering a bill titled the SCRA Rights Protection Act of 2014 [H.R. 4068 / S. 1999], which would render forced arbitration clauses unenforceable in disputes covered by SCRA.

Without SCRA, the financial security of our troops and their families is at risk. Tell Congress to correct this injustice and support the SCRA Rights Protection Act now!