Are Foreclosures Plaguing Active-Duty Military Members?

Soldier returning from Iraq
Soldier returning from Iraq

Imagine what must go through the minds of America's soldiers as they fight on fronts from Afghanistan to Iraq: the terrors they've seen, the dangers lurking around the corner, their concerns about their families, and so on. The last thing they should have to think about? Whether their home will still be there or, rather, theirs, when they return stateside.

Yet that precise concern came true for at least 23 military service members who were on active duty while their homes were repossessed by Morgan Stanley's Saxon Mortgage Services unit, according to the New York Times. In fact, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is investigating Saxon and a number of other mortgage servicers for possibly violating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), which protects service members from a number of actions by their creditors -- including repossession of their homes without a court's approval -- while they are mobilized.