Remember the Troops on This Day, Protect Their Rights

Happy Independence Day!  On this July 4th holiday it is imperative to remember our members of the military – active, reservists and veterans – who protect our freedom day in and day out.  

Unfortunately, some rights of our servicemembers have been limited, barring them from full access to justice when problems arise here at home. 

Did you know that if an active duty member of the military is killed or injured in a military hospital they have no way to hold anyone responsible?  

This is a result of the Feres Doctrine, created by a 1950 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which prevents active duty members of the armed services from holding the government accountable for non-combat related injuries. 

The stories of Sergeant Carmelo Rodriguez and Col. Adele Connell shed light on what can happen when no one is accountable for patient safety in military hospitals. 

Another way service members rights are limited is when forced arbitration clauses are hidden in the fine print of everyday contacts.  These clauses go as far as wiping out particular rights enacted by Congress to help members of the military, such as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) that protects servicemembers’ jobs and financial security when they are deployed.  

Javier Rivera’s right to his job after returning home was eliminated by a forced arbitration clause.

Be sure to take action to protect Javier and all Americans from dangerous forced arbitration clauses here

Learn more about what our military is up against here at home and read the real stories of servicemembers whose justice has been denied.