Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): Summary and Proposed Amendments [July 14, 2008] [open pdf - 182KB]
From the Summary: "Recognizing the special burdens that members of the military may encounter trying to meet their financial obligations while serving their country, in 1940 Congress passed the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA). The law was amended from time to time, ordinarily in response to military operations that required the activation of the Reserves. P.L. [Public Law] 108-189, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), was enacted on December 19, 2003 as a modernization and restatement of the protections contained in the SSCRA. Much like with the SSCRA, the SCRA has been amended since its initial passage and proposed changes continue to be introduced in Congress. This report summarizes the rights granted to persons serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under the SCRA. […] The rights and protections afforded servicemembers under the SCRA continues to draw the attention of Congress. In the 110th Congress, more than 20 bills have been introduced proposing amendments, covering such topics as housing, credit rating, service contracts, educational benefits, jurisdictional concerns, and child custody. Housing, including mortgage and foreclosure protections, and child custody are the two predominant themes of the proposed amendments."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34575