National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008 is an Act to amend
the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act to exempt
for a limited period, from the application of the means-test presumption
of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of
the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September
11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity
for not less than 90 days.
It would exempt military reservists called to active duty and certain others
from application of the means test in
chapter 7 bankruptcy .
The Act would cover around 450,000 Guard members and reservists who have
been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past six years. Between
September 11, 2001 and November 30, 2007 some 450,000 Guard members and
reservists have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Up to one-quarter
of deployed Guard members may face financial problems when they return
because of a fall in income levels while they are overseas. They can now
skip the means test enacted under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and
Consumer Protection Act which made filing for bankruptcy a little tougher.
It makes the path to debt relief a little easier for the deployed Guard members.