For Servicemembers, Veterans, and Military Family Members

For Servicemembers, Veterans, and Military Family Members

What We Do

The Department of Justice enforces laws that protect three categories of servicemember civil rights: financial/housing; employment; and voting.  Should you have questions about your legal rights with respect to one of these categories, please click on the above links for more information. The Initiative, also, identifies current legal issues affecting servicemembers and veterans and coordinates with Judge Advocate General Corps, Offices of the United States Attorneys, other federal agencies and bureaus, and legal assistance providers to resolve those issues.

Recent Department of Justice Successes

  • On June 12, 2015, checks were mailed to 77,795 servicemembers under an SCRA settlement between the United States and three separate owners or servicers of private and federally guaranteed student loans (collectively “Sallie Mae”).  These 77,795 checks represent over $60 million in compensation for servicemembers having been charged excess interest on their student loans.
  • Under the SCRA portion of the National Mortgage Settlement, a settlement involving five of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, a total of 2,413 servicemembers are receiving over $311 million for allegedly wrongful mortgage foreclosures.
  • An April 15, 2015 UOCAVA settlement agreement with the State of Illinois ensured that special elections to fill a vacancy in an Illinois congressional district were scheduled so that ballots were sent by the 45th day before the special primary and the following special election, as UOCAVA requires, ensuring that overseas military ballots were received and counted.
  • Under a February 10, 2016 USERRA settlement  with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Somerville, Massachusetts,  a Marine Corps Reservist and Somerville firefighter received more than $15,000 in back pay and will be permitted to take a missed examination for promotion to captain.


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General Information


Silas Darden
Deputy Associate Attorney General
Director of the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative


U.S. Department of Justice
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
202-307-SCRA (7272)

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