Military COVID-19 Resources

Military Saves is committed to ensuring military families have the information they need for their well-being. Here is a list of savings resources to help during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. This page is being updated as new resources come in.

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Emergency Assistance

Military OneSource COVID19 Information

Veterans Crisis Line Call 800-273-8255, chat online, or text 838255



Other Organizations

AFCPE - Talk to a qualified financial counselor or coach - for free. Thanks to the generosity of the Wells Fargo Foundation, and in partnership with Yellow Ribbon Network, AFCPE® certified financial counselors and coaches are now offering unbiased and fully confidential virtual financial counseling and coaching sessions – free to individuals and families who are struggling with the financial implications of COVID-19.

Gary Sinise FoundationAdditionally, any military service members, veterans, first responders, and their families affected by COVID-19 can apply for financial assistance through an initiative of the Foundation’s Relief and Resiliency program, called H.O.P.E. (heal, overcome, persevere, and excel).”

Independence Fund

Operation Homefront

Operation HOPE

Penfed Foundation (application process currently suspended, but may reopen; Foundation also has other financial assistance options).

Red Cross Coronavirus Safety Tips

Red Cross Financial Assistance


Education

GI Bill Benefits to continue. Students with questions can contact the VA’s Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET on weekdays


Income Taxes

IRS Coronavirus tax relief extends payment/filing of taxes

IRS Check Status of Stimulus Check

IRS Web Tool for Non-Filers to Recieve Stimulus Check

MilTax Services Military OneSource – free tax filing to get a refund now; call 800-342-9647 to connect with a MilTax consultant

Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here


Other Resources

Digital Resources for Military Families

Through the MWR Digital Library Portal, families can access many FREE, useful resources including: 

  • Tutoring - free tutoring for military families through Tutor.com
  • Major daily newspapers
  • Consumer Reports
  • National geographic plus most magazines
  • Ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and graphic novels
  • Research tools such as Britannica Library, Gale Academic Onefile, Morningstar, Ancestry.com
  • Mango Languages

Through Blue Star Families, military families can enjoy free memberships to:

  1. Headspace – access meditation and mindfulness content for free with a membership to this app (valued at $95.88)
  2. Thrive Market – receive a free membership (valued at $59.95) to shop and ship best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices right to your doorstep
  3. Caribu – enjoy books focused on military children in the app’s dedicated Blue Star Families category


Mortgage Relief

Mortgage Relief Tracker: This site tracks federal, state, and private mortgage relief programs.


Scams

FTC


Student Loans

Federal Student Aid – You may be able to temporarily stop making payments


Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | December 16, 2013

    Check out the guide from @CFPB that helps you to know which questions to ask when shopping for a financial advisor http://ow.ly/rrjYO 

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Involving Kids in Family Finances

Written by | April 19, 2019

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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Setting a Goal Leads to Success

Written by Super User | May 24, 2019

Growing up, Marisa’s dad had always talked about saving first, but she said she didn’t really internalize it until much later. “I was drifting along with no plan, carrying a little bit of revolving debt, saving some money here and there, but without a real plan for it.”

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