Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Servicemembers : Your Rights Are Online

The DOJ has set up a website to outline servicemembers' rights...

"The law recognizes that although we can never thank you enough for your service, we can take away some of the worries that soldiers might face when they are deployed,” the Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzalez said in prepared remarks.

The government promises that servicemembers’ jobs will still be theirs when they come home and that they cannot be discriminated against by their employers because of their military service. The U.S. vows that servicemembers will be able to vote and that their vote will be counted. And it promises that servicemembers “will have procedural protections in civil actions, like lawsuits or property re-possessions, when serving overseas." (source)

"Dear Servicemember:

Throughout our history, men and women have voluntarily left their families, homes, and civilian jobs to serve in our armed forces. The Department of Justice is committed to serving the brave men and women who have made personal sacrifices to volunteer in our Armed Forces -- one of the highest acts of service to our country. The Department of Justice, in partnership with other federal agencies, is committed to protecting your civilian employment rights by enforcing the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (�USERRA�), your voting rights by enforcing the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act of 1986 (�UOCAVA�), and your financial security through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (�SCRA�).

The employees of the Department of Justice are proud to serve our nation's men and women in uniform. This site provides information on how the Department of Justice and our sister agencies can help you, and what you can do to protect your rights under the law." (source)

I have read and heard about many disturbing stories lately involving deployed troops having houses repossessed, etc. I hope that every deployed servicemember will utilize this resource!

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