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Military Personnel Finances

#AskanExpert: What Are My Options for Student Loan Repayment?

Q. I was reading about the Navient lawsuit but also received a text in regards to it and wanted to understand this better. I’ve been paying this one loan for what seems like forever and I do pay extra each month. This loan started out at about $30k and now it’s at $50k. In the end, I’ll end up paying over $90k. I was in the military and my recruiter …Read More

Should I Stay or Should I Go…Into the Blended Retirement System?

Cue the first line of lyrics from The Clash’s 1982 hit song, Should I Stay or Should I Go! For eligible service members who haven’t already made their decision regarding whether to stay in the Legacy Retirement System or go into the new Blended Retirement System, that is the question. And the countdown to decide is on. Eligible service members who are still unsure have until Dec. 31, 2018 to make their selection, which is a big …Read More

What You Should Know Before Filing for Bankruptcy as a Military Member

If you’re a service member or military veteran considering bankruptcy, you’re not alone. According to the National Bankruptcy Forum, more than 750,000 Americans file for bankruptcy each year, as do 1 in 10 active-duty personnel.   There are pros and cons to filing when you’re in the military. While you enjoy certain advantages over filing as a civilian, an improperly handled bankruptcy may have an impact on your security clearance. …Read More

Debt Tips for Veterans

When you’re in debt, it can feel like you’re never going to climb your way out. Toss in the challenge of transitioning out of the military and into a new chapter of your life, and debt can seem even more insurmountable.   In a recent survey of military and veteran family members by the Military Family Advisory Network, more than 90 percent of respondents reported facing some form of debt. …Read More

Financial Goal Setting for Military Families

It’s hard to make a plan for your finances when you don’t know where you’re going. That is why it’s important to set financial goals. It’s even more important when you’re in the military because with military life comes lots of transition. When you’re in the constant state of transition, it makes it difficult to plan for anything let alone your money. Taking the time to set your financial goals …Read More

How Military Service Members and their Spouses can Access Debt Relief

There are many protections for military service members and their spouses, chiefly under the SCRA (Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act), but it’s important that the military personnel who need these benefits take the proper steps to guarantee their rights are protected. In particular, service members gain special protections while on active duty. They (or their spouses) can’t be evicted, foreclosed upon, or otherwise forced to sell their home. Debt interest rates …Read More

Simple Steps to Save Successfully During Military Saves Week 2017

By Tammy G. Bruzon, Military Saves Military Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage servicemembers and military families just like yours to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically. This Military Saves Week, try these five simple steps to help yourself save automatically – and successfully: Assess Your Savings …Read More

Unique Financial Challenges of Military Spouses and Families

Financial Challenges A survey done for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that military families and veterans face several unique financial challenges. In 2015, the average military family had seven percent higher unsecured debt balances, about $11,000 less in tangible assets, and fifteen percent higher monthly debt-related expenses. People who are struggling to make ends meet often feel pressured to make quick financial decisions without taking time to consider …Read More

Financial Education Workshops for Military Exceed Anticipated Demand

By Bruce McClary In January 2016 the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) to serve active members of the military, veterans and their families. NFCC member agencies are working with local libraries to offer financial education workshops that use the Wells Fargo Hands on Banking® for Military (HOBM) curriculum, access to personalized counseling, and other resources that help families reach their financial goals …Read More

Libraries and NFCC members work together to help those who serve our country

By Bruce McClary Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. Recent preliminary data from the Sharpen Your Financial Focus® (Sharpen) program reveals military families face unique challenges. For example, military Sharpen participants had higher unsecured debt balances ($400-$500 more) than the average Sharpen participant. Fewer tangible assets and higher debt-related expenses …Read More