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DIALOGUE Summer 2009

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Helping Servicemembers
Avoid Consumer Credit Traps

By the Standing Committee on
Legal Assistance for Military Personnel

Even in good times, personal financial pressure is one of the greatest challenges facing many servicemembers and their families. In a time when the United States is fighting two wars and a world-wide recession lingers, military families are particularly vulnerable to financial problems. A few simple borrowing tips can substantially ease that burden for many, and awareness of laws designed to shield servicemembers from financial abuse can also provide relief. Knowing where to ask for help can also make a difference.

From the Chair…

By Donald J. Guter, RADM, USN (Ret.)

All military legal assistance attorneys and offices undertake a profoundly important mission—keeping our service personnel legally fit and prepared to perform their duties without unnecessary legal distractions. The exemplary work of a handful of legal assistance professionals merits special recognition. Each year the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) selects its Distinguished Service Award recipients from a pool of nominees submitted by the services. Here are the four recipients of the 2008 LAMP awards.

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