This letter is to clarify portions of "WW II Legislation Helps Reduce GIs' Bills" by David W. Myers (Feb. 17), regarding the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act.
First, the article states that the act protects full-time service members from certain debts incurred prior to "joining up." Not only are pre-enlistment debts protected, but also debts incurred prior to being called to active duty. Thus, a reservist can receive protection for debts incurred after enlistment but prior to the time orders to report to active duty become effective.
Last, the article generally states that a landlord may not evict service members and/or their families for nonpayment of rent. This is incorrect. The act only stays eviction proceedings from leases entered into before entry upon active duty if the dwelling is actually occupied by the service member, military service materially affects his/her ability to pay rent and the rent does not exceed $150 per month.
If the above three elements are met, the eviction can be stayed for a maximum of three months or longer at the discretion of the judge.