Indiana lawmakers propose plan to protect military members

Indiana Statehouse (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Indiana Statehouse (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State lawmakers are proposing a new plan that is aimed at increasing consumer protections for members of the military.

Tuesday morning, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and other lawmakers discussed the Indiana Service Member’s Civil Relief Act at the Statehouse.

It would provide state remedies for violations of the federal act which allows current serving National Guardsmen and Reservists to suspend or postpone certain obligations. Those include debt collections, foreclosures, and certain lease or service terminations.

“I will tell you that there are individuals and organizations out there that like to prey on both specters of life — those that are young and that are elderly,” said Major Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard. “In our case, upon us, those that wear a uniform, they are not generals. They are privates, they are airmen, they are sailors 18-25, sometimes right out of high school and this is the first job that they have had, an opportunity to deploy. So they get preyed upon.”

To become law, the Indiana Service Member’s Civil Relief Act must be approved by the Indiana General Assembly. The next legislative session convenes in January.

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