Well the 1970s are long gone. Many of our service members, especially enlisted personnel, live at or below the poverty level.
I worked in the collection industry for years and saw many times a creditor didn’t know about such laws protecting those on active duty and/or deployed. I don’t remember a time when a creditor intentionally violated the rules though. What was equally disappointing is the number of spouses left here that were not educated by their deployed spouse in handling the creditors. Surely someone teaches those being deployed about those things but …. I can’t say for sure.
In one incident a young Army wife with 2 small children arrived at my office to answer a small claims summons about a $5,000.00 medical bill. Long story short, she had not told the E.R. staff that her husband in active duty and deployed, had never answered the hospital or our agency when letters were sent or phone calls were made. Only came in when she got sued.
While she was in my office I alerted the creditor, they removed the debt from collection, we had the court case dismissed and she visited the hospital with the info they needed to get paid. Lesson learned. That young Army wife actually returned in a few days and thanked me for helping her.
Sorry for rambling …..