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“It is our duty, collectively, to make sure that when one of our men or women in uniform must leave their home to defend this nation, their mortgage is in full compliance with the law and that the service member is fully aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law,” said Rep. Jeff Miller Florida Democrat, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Before the open forum session, Col. Shawn Shumake (U.S. Army), director of the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Defense (DoD), discussed improvements to SCRA education within the department, including the expanded use of new media to reach younger service members.
Mike Frueh, acting director of the Loan Guaranty Service program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), presented the safeguards the VA has put in place for veterans under SCRA who have mortgages and noted the improvements to the guaranty program over the past 10 years for America’s veterans.
During the question-and-answer portion of the seminar, several major financial institutions thanked the participants and expressed their shared hope to work more collaboratively with the government in the future.
“It is my hope that we never have to hold another hearing on compliance with SCRA or on compliance with VA Loan Guaranty laws and regulations. I want to thank the members of the financial services industry for their participation in this seminar and for their efforts to better recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s service members and their families,” Mr. Miller said.
• Veterans are invited to meet face to face with dozens of top employers at the Friday, May 13th, Corporate Gray Job Fair for the military community at the Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel, 1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502-1813. Business attire recommended.
Job fair hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free, employment-related seminars starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Some of the many employers registered to date include: Lockheed Martin, SAIC, General Dynamics, URS, Amazon, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, SRC, Nancy Chandler Associates Realtors, ECPI College of Technology, L-3 MPRI, Prince William County Fire Department, Durham Police Department, Homeland Security Inc., Ogden Air Logistics Center, United States Secret Service, VSE Corp. and more.
For directions and to register for the job fair, please visit www.CorporateGray.com.
• Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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