Today, more than 300,000 men and women in uniform are deployed overseas, and mobilization levels are at their highest point since World War II. Beyond the considerable operational challenges faced by military personnel, periods of prolonged conflict often create serious personal and financial challenges. Fortunately, there are important resources, support networks, and laws designed to support military members and their families. In fact, new legislation strengthens protection for those serving.
It is important to understand the broad-based federal protections afforded military personnel and their families. Often very confusing, these laws provide valuable benefits for those who understand them. The most significant of these are the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).