On July 17th, the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) was proud to partner with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other governmental agencies and advocacy organizations, to celebrate the first ever Military Consumer Protection Day at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Military Consumer Protection Day is an organized, national promotion to equip service-members, veterans, and their families with the knowledge and resources they need to make positive consumer financial decisions and avoid fraud. The Military Consumer Protection Day’s Inaugural Congressional Information Fair on Capitol Hill provided an opportunity for NACA and other partner organizations to highlight the plethora of resources we have to offer service-member consumers and their families.
NACA is an organization 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 servicemembers 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, we work with federal, state, and private organizations to identify common financial services problems servicemembers face and to advocate for servicemembers’ 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 servicemembers. We also develop, collect and promulgate educational materials for servicemembers 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 our educational materials, check out the Military Consumer Justice Project Brochure.
NACA is also proud to announce that we partnered with the FTC to produce a free webinar update on Military Consumer Protection Day on August 1st. The session focused on the history, process, and outcome of the first MCPD, and how the day is meant to promote work and collaboration on Military Consumer Protection issues year-round.