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Virginia Based Military Members Now Safer from Long-Distance Lawsuits

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Dec. 26, 2014, 11:25 a.m. Federal regulators reached a settlement last week with the owners of two high-priced lenders over what they alleged were illegal debt collection practices against service members. The Virginia-based companies were featured in a ProPublica story last summer. The action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which enforces federal consumer laws, is ... Read More »

    DOD Purposes Lending Rule Change to Protect Military Families From Abusive Interest Rates

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    The Department of Defense is proposing changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) to extend financial protections for military members and in turn, their families. The MLA limits the amount of interest that a creditor may charge on “consumer credit” to a maximum annual Military Annual Percentage Rate (MAPR) of 36 percent. Not that it’s a fabulous rate. It appears ... Read More »

      Soldiers Wounded by Debt, Not Bullets

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      by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace, May 15, 2013, 5:50 a.m.by Paul Kiel and Krista Kjellman Schmidt, ProPublica, May 15 This story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their coverage. Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge ... Read More »

        How to Discharge Your Student Loans if You Are in the Military, Police, or Teacher

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        More and more at GetOutOfDebt.org we are getting questions about how to get your student loans eliminated, forgiven, or discharged if you are in or served in the military, police officer, teacher, librarian, or other public service employee. It is absurdly ironic that members of the military can go into harms way, fight in combat and yet return back home ... Read More »

          Military Debt Management Agency MDMA Hits Military and Consumers for Student Loan Help

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          A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a fee schedule from the non-profit credit counseling group Military Debt Management Agency (MDMA) in Florida. The reader was concerned that this non-profit 501(c)3 IRS approved charity that is supposed to be helping military members and general consumers was taking advantage of those with federal government student loan debt, by charging ... Read More »

            Tax Scammers Target Military Members for Identity Theft

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            Spread the word, scammers are targeting military members with new scam using .mil email addresses. The IRS is reporting taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email ... Read More »

              CFPB Targets Those That Try to Financially Scam Military Servicemembers and Their Families

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              The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announce their new initiative aimed at scammers that try to take advantage of military service members, their families, and veterans. The Repeat Offenders Against Military Database (ROAM) is designed as a single focal point of information about financial scams for local and national law enforcement to utilize to quickly identify scam patterns. New York’s ... Read More »

                Can I Get Out of Debt Being Bipolar, Suicidal, Mentally Ill and on Disability? – David

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                I have a mental illness. I had mental illness all my life. In fact, in 2008 I wrote a suicide email and emailed it to local news station. In 2009, I was diagnosed with bipolar personality disorder and ADHD. In 2010, I borrowed a lot of money to remodel the house. The first mortgage on mom’s house was paid off.I ... Read More »

                  Active Duty Soldiers Harassed For Debts With Threats Of Family Being Arrested

                  photo © 2007 The U.S. Army | more info (via: Wylio)I would like to preface this next news story with my exact facial expression. I encourage you join me. Please, if you would, raise your eyebrows, drop your jaw about an inch and let the fire rage in your eyes when you read about this latest fraud find. Stephanie Lowinger, ... Read More »

                    Military Members Drowning in Debt

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                    My friend Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post had a great column recently talking about the amount of debt military service members are carrying. It’s a topic worthy of discussion and awareness. The article points out that: Military personnel and spouses are generally heavier users of credit cards than civilians, the survey found, and they are more heavily indebted to ... Read More »

                      Divorce in The Military: Protect Your Financial Future

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                      If you’re going through a divorce, you’re probably exhausted by the emotional upheaval and the day-to-day details of carving out a new, separate life. Separation when you or your spouse is a member of the military can pose special concerns, like division of military pensions or survivor benefits. One thing that’s easily overlooked — or outright ignored — in the ... Read More »

                        How Being in Debt Can Affect Your Military Career

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                        Being in the military poses unique problems for military personnel and their families. Sometimes, as a result of circumstances like relocation or deployment of a spouse, a military member may fall behind on payments of his or her debts. A person who is behind on payments may be viewed in the military as irresponsible, even when the person fully intends ... Read More »

                          How the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act Can Help You

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                          Service personnel experience financial difficulties that are unique and need special attention. Fortunately, there are special laws to help them cope and this article discusses their rights and protections under the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. §§ 501 et seq. What is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act? The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (“the ... Read More »

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