Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Congressional Meeting about SCRA and USERRA

Director of the Service Members Law Center CAPT Sam Wright and ROA Legislative Assistant Elizabeth Cochran met with Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) staff last week to discuss issues with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

While there were a few improvements provided in the 111th Congress, there are still problems surrounding SCRA and USERRA, some which stem from non-compliance. Additionally, there are needed improvements to the laws, as disability insurance and insurance for lost income are not covered.

During the last Congress Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) introduced the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act, which would have allowed service members to be away from their places of employment when attending a medical appointment or receiving treatment for a service-related condition. Unfortunately, the bill did not make it through the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. ROA strongly supports introducing another bill like the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act as well as allowing service members to have the legal right to reinstate insurance if it has been suspended or terminated.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am interested in what is being done for servicemen while on deployment whose spouse divorce them.
Why are these servicemen not receiving legal aid to help them get their children back, not pay debts they did not sign for, rectify the court records.
There are to many soldiers who do not see their children. This is the biggest crime.