MADIGAN RELEASES NEW INFORMATION FOR VETERANS
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today issued her updated guide of legal rights for Illinois service members and encouraged Illinois veterans, service members and their families to access the updated resource to ensure their legal rights are upheld.
Madigan’s updated “Legal Rights of Illinois Service Members” guide was created by her Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau to provide veterans, service members and their families with information regarding veterans’ legal rights and federal and state veteran benefit laws. A new version that highlights changes in laws and how those changes impact veterans’ benefits is available online today at Madigan’s website.
“My Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau developed this free guide to help service members, veterans and their families navigate and understand various state and federal laws regarding their rights,” Madigan said. “I encourage veterans and their families to call my Military and Veterans’ Rights Hotline at 1-800-382-3000 to speak with real people who can answer any questions.”
The “Legal Rights of Illinois Service Members” guide details new and updated laws that benefit veterans, including:
Madigan’s Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau advocates for service members and veterans and investigates and pursues enforcement actions in cases involving fraud against members of the armed services. As part of this work, Madigan previously reached a settlement with a California-based company to shut down its website, www.GIBill.com, for deceptively steering service members and veterans to use their federal education benefits with the company’s preferred clients in the for-profit schools industry. The Attorney General has also urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately restore military educational benefits for student veterans who attended deceptive for-profit schools. Madigan also called on Congressional leaders to close a loophole in the Higher Education Act that has allowed many for-profit schools to exploit education benefits available to American service members, veterans and their families. Madigan has also urged the U.S. Secretary of Defense to strengthen regulations under the federal Military Lending Act (MLA) to ensure service members are better protected from abusive lending practices.
For more information about Madigan’s Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau, please visit her website or contact her Military and Veterans’ Rights Hotline at 1-800-382-3000.