Somehow, I missed this:

A new law replacing the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940 will provide military personnel — especially those deployed or called to active duty — greater protections to handle their personal financial and legal obligations, Defense Department officials said here.

President Bush signed the Service Members’ Civil Relief Act into law Dec. 19.


“Service members on long-term deployments or called to active duty should not have to worry about their families in their absence being evicted from their quarters without sufficient legal protections,” he continued, “or that they are paying on a leased car or apartment that they can’t use, or about civil legal proceedings they can’t attend because of their deployment.

“These are some of the situations the SCRA covers so that service members are able to devote their energies to the military mission and the defense needs of the nation, and not on civil matters waiting for them at home,” he added.

Good. They certainly deserve that much. The old SSCRA was sorely dated, which isn’t surprising given how much things have changed since 1940.

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