Monday, March 28, 2005

Big Companies Target the Troops

Companies are illegally going after troops deployed overseas for unpaid bills brought on by the hardships of going to war. Under federal law, they can't do that. And big companies like Wells Fargo and Citicorp -- who you'd think would have a lawyer on staff to tell them that -- are among the offenders.

The law is called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. It protects all active-duty military families from foreclosures & evictions and other financail hardships that come of military service.

For instance, Guard and Reserve members called to active duty may have to take massive pay cuts while serving in combat. That makes it hard to pay bills. And simply getting a bill paid on time can be difficult if you're sitting in the middle of a desert 10,000 miles away for months on end. (NYT)

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