Air Force

August 9, 2013

Air Force News – August 9, 2013

DOD praises Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, gives Airmen financial peace of mind

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has proven to be an effective tool to give troops and their families some financial peace of mind, Army Col. Paul Kantwill recently told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Kantwill, the director of legal policy for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said no other statute provides such a unique breadth of benefits and protections for service members.

The legislation, first enacted in 1940 and substantially rewritten in 2003, protects service members’ personal affairs and economic interests “while they put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, and the act has lived up to that goal,” Kantwill said.

The act protects service members from evictions, default judgments and foreclosure. It also allows troops to delay judicial proceedings and to place caps on interest rates.

The act also provides certain tax relief to service members and their spouses, Kantwill said.

For more than 70 years, the act “has lessened some of the many burdens associated with military service,” the colonel said.

Kantwill praised congressional efforts to strengthen enforcement of the act. Congress has passed legislation that provides for additional civil enforcement, as well as monetary damages and attorneys’ fees.

“Congress has extended the 6-percent interest rate cap for pre-service mortgage obligations,” the colonel said.

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Nebraska

Three Offutt Airmen stood among the “first to go” as they attended the 4th Marine Logistics Group Corporals Leadership Course July 13 through 27. They learned basic leadership knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities as NCOs.

Maryland

Two F-16C Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard were involved in a mid-air collision Aug. 1, while on a routine training mission off the coast of Chincoteague, Va.

Okinawa

Two bright red fire trucks and American Airmen welcomed 49 sixth-graders and 11 escorts from a local Japanese village to Kadena Air Base July 24 to spend the day at the fire house to better understand the types of rescue services the U.S. Air Force has to offer.

Southeast Asia

The 379th Expeditionary Medical Group’s intra-theater care program, established in 2008, ensures no service member is sent home from the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility before having a chance to get back in the fight.




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