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Military

Thank Your For Your Service

Thank you for your service to our state and nation. Our nation's freedoms and security could not be preserved without the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families. Every American owes you a debt of gratitude.

I hope you find this information about the legal rights and protections you have earned by serving in the Armed Forces helpful and easy to understand. Please note the information provided is not legal advice, legal authority, or a binding legal opinion from the Department of the Attorney General. Should you need additional legal assistance, please see the resources to ensure your rights are respected and honored.

Thank you again for your service and sacrifice.

Servicemembers with the American flag

Legal Protections and Rights Provided by State and Federal Law

Below are some of the protections and rights provided to you as a servicemember by State and Federal Law. It is important to note that the rights and protections provided by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), 50 USC App 3901, et seq., apply to active duty service under Title 10 and, for members of the National Guard, active service under Title 32 when authorized by the President or the Secretary of Defense for a period of more than 30 consecutive days for purposes of responding to a national emergency declared by the President and supported by Federal funds.

The SCRA does not apply to Governor-ordered state military service by members of the National Guard. Michigan law, however, extends many of the SCRA rights and protections to state active service.  

Reemployment Rights

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 USC 4301 et. seq., provides reemployment rights to members of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard, who temporarily leave their civilian job to perform military duty.