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Written by Super User · 26 November 2010

Thank you for taking the time to find out how we can work together to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month and promote automatic savings.

Please sign up to participate and download the participation kit below. Feel free to contact Military Saves at any time with questions.

The Week is an opportunity for your organization to:

  • Feature the products and services you provide to your audience that help people build wealth.
  • Share important savings messaging with your audience.
  • Join the Department of Defense-wide effort to encourage servicemembers and their families to save.

Ready to help Servicemembers and their families save? 

Step 1: Sign Up!

Step 2: Download Digital Toolkit

Step 3:  Download Materials

Step 4:  Download Graphics and Materials

Military Saves Financial Institutions Awards: 

Banks and credit unions are encouraged to apply for the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence. The designation recognizes banks and credit unions that work hard to encourage people to save money during America Saves Week and Financial Capability Month.

America Saves will recognize exceptional banks and credit unions that go above and beyond to motivate individuals to save. America Saves will recognize not just one, but all banks and credit unions that achieve excellence at the America Saves National Savings Forum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Super User · 26 November 2010

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  1. Where can I get financial counseling?
  2. How do I become a volunteer?
  3. I am hesitant to take The Saver Pledge because I do not want to share my personal financial information and I don't want to bombarded with a lot of junk email?
  4. Where can I find information on how to conduct a Military Saves Campaign?
  5. Why didn't I receive a welcome email?
  6. How do I find the phone number and location of the Fleet and Family Center, The Army or Marine Corps Community Services Center or the Airman and Family Readiness Center at an installation?
  7. Who can enroll in Military Saves?
  8. Do you have brochures we can use to promote the Military Saves Campaign?

 

1.     Where can I get financial counseling? | Top |

Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the Financial Readiness Program Center, or the Fleet and Family Support Center. You can also contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 to schedule an appointment with a financial consultant.  If you have a lot of debt and need advice, call InCharge Debt Solutions at 1-800-565-8953, a non-profit credit counseling service that is a partner in Military Saves and the DoD Financial Readiness Campaign.

2.     How do I become a volunteer? | Top |

Probably the best way to volunteer is to talk with the Personal Financial Manager at the Fleet and Family Center, The Army or Marine Corps Community Services Center or the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Let him/her know that you are interested and want to make a difference and he/she can tell you how to make an impact. You can take the lead in your unit and encourage other members to enroll in Military Saves and make a commitment to save. You can run a campaign at any time during the year--not just during the Military Saves Movement in April.

You can even focus on increasing TSP enrollment -you won't believe how many people don't participate in this easy way to save. It is so easy to do--just go to MyPay to sign up. Use the resources located in our resource kit to help! We are always looking for input on our Facebook page.   You can also join the Military Saves conversation on Twitter.  We are always looking for savings stories and tips for use on Facebook, Twitter and our website; contact us if you'd like to share.

3.     I am hesitant to take The Saver Pledge because I do not want to share my personal financial information and I don't want to be bombarded with a lot of junk email? | Top |

Military Saves is a private, non-profit, completely voluntary program run in conjunction with the DoD and military services. You don't have to share any financial information. The idea of the campaign is for you to commit to building wealth over time and encourage others to do the same. You may find some of our information interesting, though. Your individual participation will not be reported to anyone.  We offer individual saving information which you can access here as well.

If you take the Pledge, you'll receive monthly Military Saves E-newsletters that contain helpful savings messages. You can always unsubscribe at the bottom of the newsletter or contact us to modify your subscription and update your email information.

4.     Where can I find information on how to conduct a Military Saves Campaign? | Top |

You can find information on how to run a Military Saves Campaign in the Resource Kits.

5.     Why didn't I receive a welcome email? | Top |

We always want to know when you don't get your welcome email so contact us, but be sure to check your junk mail first.

6.     How do I find the phone number and location of the Fleet and Family Center, The Army or Marine Corps Community Services Center or the Airman and Family Readiness Center at an installation? | Top |

Military Installations, offered through Military One Source is a great website that has tons of info on resources available at each installation.

7.     Who can enroll in Military Saves? | Top |

Military Saves is a national campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military service members, their families & DoD associated personnel to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings. The enrollment is open for everyone & it is very relevant for retirees and anyone affiliated with the military.

8.     Do you have brochures we can use to promote the Military Saves Campaign? | Top |

All of the information that we have is downloadable from our graphics page.

Individual Savers Resources

Written by Super User · 26 November 2010

Investor Resources from Financial Regulators

SaveAndInvest.org/Military provides unbiased and neutral information from a securities regulator. The site contains financial calculators, and useful regulatory information as well as materials specifically designed for military servicemembers and families, including the publication, Money and Mobility.

Investor.gov - Securities and Exchange Commission


Other Financial Education and Benefits On-Line Resources

360FinancialLiteracy.org

Americasaves.org

Americasavesweek.org

ChoosetoSave.org

Financial Peace University Free Tools

Extension.org

Incharge Mind Your Finances

Investor Protection Trust

Military.com

MilitaryOneSource.com

MHN Government Services

Moneytopia - Fun with Finances: Play the Moneytopia online finance game

MyMoney.gov

The Investor's Clearing House

The Bad Credit Hotel - Check out the Treasury Department's fun game

Ways to Save - By Reader's Digest

Kiplinger's and BBB Personal Finance for Military Families

Smart About Money - Help with life's financial decisions


Financial Planning for Retirement

Army OneSource - E-learning Center

Retirement Estimator - Social Security Online

Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement - U.S. Dept. of Labor

TransitionAssistanceProgram.com


Debt Reduction

Incharge.org/debt


Financial Fitness Center Podcasts

American Consumer Credit Counseling Audio Downloads


Other

Salute to Smart Investing - Prepared Especially for the Armed Forces by Virginia and Kenneth Morris

USA Cares - Provides military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need

My Help List -  A Comprehensive List of Resources for Military Members

Defense Link - Personal Finance Resources for Military Servicemembers and Their Families

Homeowners Assistance Program - to assist eligible homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base closure or realignment announcement.

AnnualCreditReport.com - Free Credit Report  1-877-322-8228

Defenselink.mil - Portal to DoDs links on the World Wide Web

MilitaryMoney.com - Military Money Magazine

Operation Hope - Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide

Visit our family programs offices at each installation for more information or visit the following sevice related websites or use quick links off of www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil.

www.usmc-mccs.org - Marine Corps Community Services

www.ffsp.navy.mil - Navy Fleet and Family Support

www.armyonesource - Army Community Services

www.afcrossroads.com -  Airman and Family Readiness

www.uscg.mil - Coast Guard Health and Safety Directorate

www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil - Use Military Homefront Installations and Directories of Services to identify locations



Contact Us

Written by Super User · 24 November 2010
  • Do you have a question?
  • Do you want to find out how your organization can support the Military Saves Campaign?

Contact Military Saves by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have a savings tip or success story you want to share, please click here.

Military Saves
Consumer Federation of America
1620 Eye St. NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

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