Protect our Service Members and Veterans

Protect our Service Members and Veterans

The House is currently debating the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill to reauthorize the Department of Defense.  While this is an important bill, there are many other important issues relating to the military that Congress never debates.  We think they should.  Help us spread the word on behalf of our military families and veterans.  Thank you!

Today, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a new report, Fighting for those Who Fight for Us: Protecting the Rights of Servicemembers and Veterans, which explores the many ways our country has failed to protect service members and veterans from dangerous products and services.

There are just over two million men and women in the uniformed services of the United States. By voluntarily joining, all have signaled that they are prepared to risk their lives to defend their country. Their unique situation—predominantly young and financially inexperienced, often relocated or deployed abroad, and sometimes facing inconsistent access to phones and internet—has made our young, active service members a target for  unscrupulous con artists.  Corporations have foreclosed on service members’ family homes, repossessed their cars, scammed their pensions, terminated their employment just because they were called to active duty, and even profited from their life insurance policies when they have been killed. Congress has passed laws to protect the rights of service members and veterans—including the Military Lending Act, the Service Members Civil Relief Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act—but corporations frequently use legal maneuvers like forced arbitration to avoid accountability when they violate these laws.

Additionally, members of the armed forces are being denied their constitutional right to trial by jury because of a 1950 Supreme Court ruling, known as the Feres doctrine, which mandates that no service member can hold the government accountable for negligence or wrongdoing. And veterans who experienced physical or psychological injuries during their service are now battling opioid addictions or are facing severe, sometimes fatal ailments after being exposed to toxic substances.

The civil justice system should be an available last line of defense for our men and women who make up our country’s first line of defense.  Let’s fight to keep the courthouse doors open to them.

AAJ’s full report can be downloaded here, and its press release sent out today can be found here.

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