Summary: H.R.8354 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 116-288 (01/05/2021)

Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020

This bill establishes the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The initiative shall

  • serve as legal and policy advisor on DOJ's efforts to enforce criminal and civil laws that impact service members, veterans, and their families;
  • develop policy recommendations for improved enforcement of federal law to support service members, veterans, and their families;
  • serve as the liaison and point of contact between DOJ and the military departments;
  • provide counsel for the Office of Justice Programs to ensure that funding decisions take into account service members, veterans, and their families;
  • serve as a liaison and point of contact with the Consumer Protection Branch of DOJ's Civil Division with respect to the prosecution of federal crimes involving fraud that target service members; and
  • serve as a liaison and point of contact with other DOJ components as needed to support the enforcement of other federal laws that protect service members and veterans.