A new Web site launched by the U.S. Department of Justice is intended to help members of the armed forces protect their legal rights. The site, Servicemembers.gov, provides information on three laws enacted to protect members of the armed forces and veterans:

  • The Uniformed Services and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee or applicant for employment because of past, current or future military obligation.
  • The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), which requires that states allow certain citizens, including servicemembers and their families, to register and vote absentee in elections for federal offices.
  • The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which provides civil protections for military personnel while on active duty.

The site also provides contact information and instructions for filing complaints with the Justice Department and other federal agencies that investigate and prosecute possible violations of these laws..

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