Statement of Stephen N. Zack, President, _ Re: Congressional Passage of Civil Legal Protections for Servicemembers

All Americans deserve access to justice in our courts. This is especially important for the military men and women who sacrifice so much for our country. Congress was right to clarify their protections under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

It is unacceptable that someone fighting in the Afghan desert should have to worry that his house will be foreclosed upon, or car repossessed. The steps taken under the Veterans’ Insurance and Health Care Improvements Act of 2009 will ensure service members and the Justice Department will have new options to pursue those who wronged them.

The _ has a long and proud history of fighting for the legal rights of military service members, and we celebrate this achievement.a

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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