FTC Announces Agenda for Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda and speakers confirmed to date for its upcoming workshop in San Antonio, Texas on July 19, 2017, a forum on financial issues and scams that can affect military consumers, including active duty servicemembers in all branches and veterans.

The 2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation, will feature opening remarks by FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

Military consumer advocates and groups, government representatives (local, state, and federal), military legal services and legal clinics (including those at universities), all service branches, and industry representatives will discuss:

  • Auto purchase, financing, and leasing
  • Student and other lending, including installment credit practices
  • Debt collection
  • Legal rights and remedies
  • Financial literacy and capability, including identity theft and financial resources

“Helping servicemembers and veterans avoid fraud, learn about their legal rights and remedies, and find resources that protect them in the financial area is a top priority.” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said. “I look forward to hearing from speakers in the private sector, military, and government about how to best protect military consumers on these issues.”

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Chapman Auditorium, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 78212. Preregistration is not required. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. CDT, and the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

The event will also be tweeted live from FTC’s Military Consumer Twitter account (@Milconsumer) using hashtag #MilFinancialWorkshop.

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Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nicole Jones
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2674

STAFF CONTACT:
Carole Reynolds
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3230 

Thomas Kane
Bureau of Consumer Protection 
202-326-2304