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The top U.S. civil rights attorney is requesting amendments to legislation protecting military service members’ rights.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez spoke to soldiers at Fort Knox on Wednesday. Perez reviewed what legal rights soldiers have while on active duty and introduced new amendments being considered.

The amendments protect military personnel from various predatory practices. Changes include suspending foreclosure and credit card loan litigation against active soldiers.

Another amendment protects the working rights of soldiers returning to civilian life. The Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice has increased enforcement on employment rights issues. It’s filed 33 cases protecting military discrimination in the workplace in the past few years.

The U.S. Justice Department says Congress passed the initial laws with bi-partisan support. Letters were sent to Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner for support.

Click here to see the legislative proposals and the letters that were sent.