Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative

Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative

Let Us Help You Protect Your Rights As You Have Protected Ours

Let Us Help You Protect Your Rights As You Have Protected Ours

The Department of Justice, in partnership with other federal agencies, is committed to enforcing the federal laws that protect the civil rights of servicemembers. The Civil Rights Division protects a servicemember's civilian employment rights by enforcing the Uniformed Services Emplovment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"), voting rights by enforcing the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act of 1986 ("UOCAVA"), and financial security through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ("SCRA").

The employees of the Department of Justice are proud to serve our nation's men and women in uniform. This site provides information on how the Department of Justice and other federal agencies can help, and what servicemembers can do to protect their rights under the law. 


The mission of the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative is to coordinate a comprehensive legal support and protection network focused on serving servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The Initiative builds upon the work that many parts of the Department already does in this area by sharing information, identifying needs, and securing and coordinating the distribution of funding and other resources to support the Department's work.

The Initiative also fosters partnerships-and build upon those that already exist-with entities currently involved in programs that benefit and protect servicemembers and veterans.  

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Today, as we observe Military Consumer Protection Day, I want to highlight the resources available to help servicemembers and veterans protect themselves against fraud and make informed decisions about managing their money.  Protecting the rights and interests of the brave men and women of our military is a priority for the Department of Justice.  The Department endeavors to protect the health, safety, and economic security of servicemembers and veterans through criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions, including cases that help recoup money lost through fraud, loan defaults, and the abuse of federal funds.  We work closely with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies to identify and address the greatest threats to members of the military and veterans as consumers.  And U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country have established strong working relationships with military installations in their districts, collaborating with JAG Corps officers and others.

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Silas Darden - Director
Andrew Braniff - Asst Director


U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531

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Returning Serice Members With Disablities

This booklet is designed to provide military service members who have been seriously wounded a basic understanding of their rights under the ADA and where to turn for additional information and assistance.

Protecting the Rights of Service Members

This brochure provides a brief explanation of the civil rights of servicemembers, as well as information about how to learn more or to file a complaint if you believe your rights have been violated.