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Bad Paper: Inside the Secret World of Debt Collectors

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Now, I'll be frank: Scenes such as these weren't quite what I'd expected when I opened up Jake Halpern's Bad Paper, a book-length work of journalism on debt brokers and the failings of financial regulation. Something more orderly came to mind. Something with tailored suits, Wall Street power lunches and hearty laughs shared at the expense of the gullible American taxpayer — something, in other words, that Hollywood's taught me to expect.

That said, I'd be hard-pressed myself to say what ought to be cut. The book teems with eccentric characters and scenes that made my skin crawl. Where there could have been bland data and financial reports, Halpern's managed to make a buddy comedy and a horror story joined at the hip. Explained simply, read easily, Bad Paper defies expectations. It should also raise quite a few alarms.

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Book Review: 'Bad Paper,' By Jake Halpern : NPR

Suppose you served a full period in the military, received good paper such as an honorable discharge, and immediately re-enlisted for a new period of service that ended with bad paper. You will be eligible for disability compensation benefits only for the period of service that ended with an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge. If you were injured during the enlistment period that ended with bad paper, you will not will be eligible for disability compensation.