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How Marines are Protected by Federal Laws With Debt Collection

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The CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) has a section dedicated to helping service members. Between July 2011 and December 2014, approximately 29,500 complaints were submitted by servicemembers; 39% of those related to debt collection, and close to half of them were related to attempts to collect debts that were not owed.

The SCRA (Service member Civil Relief Act) provides a wide range of protections for active duty and/or deployed service members, including protection from:

  • Mortgage payments
  • Pending trials
  • Taxes
  • Terminations of lease.

In addition, the Act limits to 6 percent interest on credit obligations incurred prior to military service. For more information go to www.consumerfinance.gov 

  • Click Get Assistance
  • Then Scroll down to Active Duty and Veterans Service members

Once you’re there, you can file a complaint with the CFPB and select ‘Submit a Complaint’ They will generally get a response within 30 days.

Make sure to check out their helpful guide of common questions asked about the SCRA.

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