Oct 21, 2013 3:47 PM by PRESS RELEASE
As part of its new military outreach initiative, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section is reaching out to hundreds of active duty and retired service members in an effort to provide them and their families with information about available resources and help them guard against fraud.
"We are placing a lot of emphasis on outreach aimed at empowering military service members, veterans and their families, so they can learn more about what's available to them," says Deidre Robert, Deputy Director of the Attorney General's Public Protection Division.
Launched this summer, the military outreach initiative includes a team of assistant attorneys general and consumer protection staffers who attend military events, workshops and training programs across the state. The team also distributes materials and provides information about a variety of scams, including identity theft, telemarketing, phishing and predatory lending practices.
Robert stresses that education is especially important because the unique characteristics of military life can make military households an attractive target for con artists. "We certainly don't want to see our service members fall prey to scams," she says.
Most recently, the military outreach team took part in the Louisiana National Guard's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge for soldiers, airmen and their family members. Other events this year included programs at Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk Army Base.
A resource guide for service members and veterans is available on the attorney general's website at www.agbuddycaldwell.com. The guide serves as a reference for a range of programs and services, including charitable, medical, legal and educational resources.