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Tennessee Creates Military Consumer Protection Guide

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Tennessee Creates Military Consumer Protection Guide

CREATED May 29, 2014

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (NEWSCHANNEL 5/AP) - Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper traveled to Fort Campbell to announce a consumer protection guide for U.S. military personnel.

Cooper discussed the new guide during a presentation at the sprawling Army base on the Tennessee-Kentucky border on Thursday morning.

According to a news release, it was through a relationship with Fort Campbell's consumer affairs counselors that the attorney general's office recognized the need for information about common scams targeting the military. The guide covers topics that include automobile purchases, lending, identity theft and debt collection.

"It's deplorable, but with the help from the attorney general we can take care of those guys," said Garrison Commander Colonel David Dellinger.

Betty Geren, the financial readiness program manager, said it's a soldiers first line of defense against deceptive salesmen.

"They do not always tell the truth, and they mislead soldiers," she said.

The need for the guide all came about after misleading sales of lap top computers to soldiers.

The guide will be available for download from the Attorney General's website at www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral.

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