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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

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Summary

States can support service members by creating legal and consumer protections for active-duty personnel, similar to those provided by the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Key Message

Service members are protected as consumers through the federal SCRA; however, the federal law does not protect service members concerning obligations that occur while on active duty. States can provide additional consumer protections that can mirror and expand the federal SCRA.

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The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act provides legal and consumer protections for military personnel. However, state protections for active-duty service members who incur certain obligations � such as default judgments, evictions and telephone contracts - vary widely. The Department of Defense encourages states to establish protections for these service members that equal or exceed those offered by the federal law.