A second edition of the Ohio Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
has been released and published exclusively by the Ohio State
Bar Association. The guide is designed to assist the judiciary and other
members of Ohio’s legal community in understanding federal law that protects
military personnel and their families.
The guide provides an overview of the Servicemembers’
Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA, passed in 2003, is a federal law that
provides protections for military members as they enter active duty. It covers
issues such as rental agreements, mortgages, civil judicial proceedings, life
insurance, health insurance and income tax payments.
The SCRA was completely recodified last year. The revised Guide incorporates new U.S. Code (USC) citations to the SCRA and also includes a table which cross-references new USC citations to the old ones.
“The principal reason for having the SCRA is so that
active duty service members are able to concentrate on serving their country
overseas and not be worried about legal issues back home,” OSBA Military and
Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Steve Lynch
said. “By distributing this guide, we hope to raise awareness in the legal
community of the rights the federal law affords our military men and women,
such as their right to terminate a lease when called to active duty.”
While written for the legal community, the guide is also
a valuable resource for military service members, their families and the
electronic version of the second edition can be found by visiting www.ohiobar.org/scraguide