As “America’s Family Financial Expert”® I love to help families learn how to live in financial freedom. As “America’s Military Family Expert” ™ I enjoy traveling to bases around the world assisting our military members in ways they can improve their quality of life. Every now and then, those two worlds come together and I get to talk about Military Finance. In fact, our Heroes at Home Financial Event is geared toward helping military readiness through financial readiness. Recently, I’ve been able to continue that quest by becoming a part of the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) advisory board, a like-minded 501(c)(3) that is on a mission to connect military families with the resources they need to thrive.
I’m pleased to announce a new resource that will be coming to military families in October 2015 called MilCents. It is a one-of-a-kind financial literacy program that combines information, online events, social media conversations and free resources into a 10 –week program designed to empower all military families to get their money in gear. As the Heroes at Home tour travels to various bases around the world, we’ve seen wonderful military members who have been asked to leave the service because their finances prevent them from holding a top-secret security clearance. In some cases, the Department of Defense has a million dollars invested in these members in terms of education and military training costs, so saving these valuable human resources is beneficial to the DoD and to the military family at the same time.
While MilCents is not a part of the Heroes at Home Financial Event, it is definitely a program I can get behind because this resource will help you learn skills such as:
- How to read a Leave and Earnings Statement
- How to pay down debt
- How to protect your money and avoid predatory lenders
- How to get your credit score and learn to improve it
- How to categorize your spending and saving
This fantastic, free financial resource has been provided by the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) with support from the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Military and Veterans Initiative, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Foundation and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
If you forward this blog to EVERY military family member you know, then you would have done your part to help protect military readiness through financial readiness as a Hero at Home!
Sign up for MilCents at MFAN today!