First Ever Military Consumer Protection Day

Did you know? The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) partnered with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other governmental agencies and advocacy organizations on July 17th, to celebrate the first ever Military Consumer Protection Day in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Military Consumer Protection Day was an organized, national promotion earlier this summer to provide service-members, veterans, and their families with the knowledge and resources they need to make positive consumer financial decisions and avoid fraud. There was an Inaugural Congressional Information Fair on Capitol Hill and provided an opportunity for NACA and other partner organizations to highlight numerous resources to offer service-member consumers and their families.

What is NACA?  “NACA is comprised of more than 1500 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices. As a national organization fully committed to promoting justice for consumers, NACA’s members and their clients are actively engaged in promoting a fair and open marketplace that forcefully protects the rights of consumers, particularly those of modest means. NACA’s Military Consumer Justice Project (MCJP) is an educational initiative that links the needs of service members and their families with NACA members and their considerable experience and skills in consumer law.

To reduce fraudulent and abusive business practices that negatively impact morale, welfare and readiness, NACA works with federal, state, and private organizations to identify common financial services problems service members face and to advocate for service members’ rights.  NACA attorneys have been collaborating with the military arms for years, providing training for the Air Force, Army, and Navy Justice Schools and at local military training symposiums.  In addition to training military legal personnel and support staff on consumer protection issues, NACA’s MCJP also trains NACA members on how best to work with military personnel and represent service members.  They also develop, collect and promulgate educational materials for service members and their families to increase awareness of consumer rights and help them avoid consumer scams.  For more information on the NACA’s Military Consumer Justice Project and educational materials, check out the Military Consumer Justice Project Brochure” at http://www.naca.net/sites/default/files/MCJPbrochure2pdf.pdf.

NACA also partnered with the FTC to provide a free webinar update on the Military Consumer Protection Day on August 1st.  Info will be posted once received on the outcome and how the day was meant to promote cooperation on Military Consumer Protection issues year-round.  For more information involving Consumers in the Military, go to:  http://www.naca.net/issues/consumers-military.

 Source:  Langston, Chelsea. “NACA and Military Consumer Justice”,  National Association of Consumer Advocates.  5 August 2013. http://www.military.ncpw.gov/blog/naca-and-military-consumer-justice.

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