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AG's office to hold Military Consumer Protection Day

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News & La. AG) - In a continuing effort to provide important consumer information and resources to military families, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined federal and state agencies, advocacy organizations and private sector groups in celebrating the second annual Military Consumer Protection Day on July 16, 2014.

The day is part of a nationwide collaboration to empower and engage service members, veterans, and their families in making wise financial choices.

“The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office is pleased to take part in this initiative dedicated to empowering our honorable military personnel and their families to handle issues such as consumer fraud, health care, foreclosure prevention, and employment,” said Sanettria “Sam” Pleasant, Director of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division. “Our participation strengthens our efforts to ensure that Louisiana’s military service members, veterans, and their families have access to important financial tips and resources.”

Pleasant and other consumer protection experts agree that frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, and a steady paycheck from Uncle Sam can make military households an attractive target for scam artists and predatory consumer practices.

“Protecting our military community is important to the Attorney General and his staff,” Pleasant added.

Attorney General Caldwell created a military outreach program in 2013 to empower Louisiana military and veteran communities with tips and tools designed to inform military consumers. As part of the program, a team of assistant attorneys general and consumer protection staffers attend military events, workshops and training programs across the state. The team also distributes materials and information about a variety of consumer topics such as protecting personal information, recognizing identity theft, and avoiding fraud and scams.

The Attorney General’s military outreach team will be available to answer questions and provide helpful consumer information at the following upcoming events:

EVENT: LSU Veteran & Military Student Services

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, July 16 @ 10 a.m. to Noon

LOCATION: Student Center, 318 Hatcher Hall, LSU Campus

EVENT: Fort Polk Information Fair

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, August 6 @ 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

LOCATION: Fort Polk Army Base

Warrior Community Center

For more information about the AG’s military outreach program or to download a copy of the Resource Guide for Service Members and Veterans, visit www.agbuddycaldwell.com.

 

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