- Judgment-creditors cannot, generally speaking, garnish VA benefits or military pensions.
- Administrative garnishment for child or spousal support may be allowed.
Can my military pension or VA benefits be garnished?
I have a car that has been repossessed. They say that i owe the remaining balance of $8,000. I lost my job. They say they can garnish my wages and I am retired from the military. They say they can take my military check. Is this true?
Generally speaking, VA benefits and military pensions are not subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process. However, there are exceptions for child support and support of divorced spouses.
Active military and other federal employees are subject to garnishment for what the federal government calls "commercial debt." However, I can find no laws that allow garnishment of military pensions or VA benefits, aside from the IRS’ authority to do so.
Direct-deposit your pension benefits into a separate account that contains funds from no other sources. Ask your bank or credit union to place a notation on that account stating the funds in that account are pension benefits not subject to attachment.
See the Bills.com resource Military Debt Consolidation to learn how to resolve debt if you are an active service member.
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Dealing with debt
If you are struggling with debt, you are not alone. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Quarter Q3 2023 was $17.291 trillion. Student loan debt was $1.599 trillion and credit card debt was $1.079 trillion.
According to data gathered by Urban.org from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 10% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.
Each state has its rate of delinquency and share of debts in collections. For example, in Michigan credit card delinquency rate was 3%, and the median credit card debt was $374.
To maintain an excellent credit score it is vital to make timely payments. However, there are many circumstances that lead to late payments or debt in collections. The good news is that there are a lot of ways to deal with debt including debt consolidation and debt relief solutions.