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Seminar to teach Air Commandos to “Know your rights”

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., -- The 1st Special Operations Wing Judge Advocate is set to have Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Seminars Feb. 27 at the King Auditorium at 9 a.m. and at the 4th Special Operations Squadron at 2 p.m.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a statue designed to protect servicemembers against civil actions. It restricts or limits actions against these personnel in the areas of financial management.

“The intent of this seminar is to educate servicemembers on their rights,” said Capt. Suntrease Williams Maynard, an assistant staff judge advocate with the 1st SOW Judge Advocate Office. “There will be representatives from the Servicemembers & Veterans Initiative with the U.S. Department of Justice.”

Thomas Wheeler II, Tanya Kirwan and Elizabeth Singer, representatives from the DOJ, are scheduled to speak about a number of things military members should be aware of when dealing with contracts, loan applications and leases.

“Attorneys with the DOJ will represent military members in court at no cost,” Williams said.

Air Commandos will have the opportunity to learn their rights and if they are being violated.

“There are a number of members that come in for minor issues and once we start dealing with that we uncover major issues that are illegal,” said Capt. Heather Caine, an assistant staff judge advocate with the 1st SOW. “We hope this seminar raises awareness of the things that could potentially be going on with our servicemembers.”

For more information, contact Capt. Williams at 850-884-4584.