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NEWS | Feb. 20, 2019

Military Saves Week: JBLE promotes financial awareness

By Senior Airman Derek Seifert 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

To support service members and their families in preparing for the future, the Airmen and Family Readiness Center and the Army Community Services center at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia will host events in recognition of Military Saves Week from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2019.


The AFRC and ACS have professional financial counselors available to U.S. Army Soldiers and U.S. Air Force Airmen to develop a budget and prepare for financial emergencies, government shutdowns and other instances when financial plans are important.


“Emergencies will come; however, proper planning and being financially prepared can help reduce stress, increase overall well-being and is essential to mission readiness,” said Flerida Taylor, AFRC financial counselor. “Managing income, cash flow, liabilities, savings and investments are a few tools needed to increase financial preparedness.


Military Saves Week, as a part of America Saves Week begins Feb. 25, but professional financial counselors are available year-round to assist the JBLE community with creating a budget, setting up a plan for retirement or to answer basic financial questions.


“Military Saves Week is a reminder to service members to put money away, try to save for retirement and make better financial decisions,” said Jerry Melton, ACS center counselor. “It’s a good avenue to start getting people to think financially.”


Along with financial counseling, ACS and AFRC host various financial classes and one-on-one training with units. They also provide individual appointments for budgeting, credit and debt management, savings and investments, insurance needs, Blended Retirement System information, Thrift Savings Plan information and home and car buying.


New service members to JBLE take the newcomers’ course during in-processing at Fort Eustis and during the First Term Airman Course at Langley to learn about financial readiness.


To stay connected with the JBLE community, the ACS and AFRC utilize social media to promote upcoming classes, workshops and financial advice.


For more information call the ACS at 878-3638 or the AFRC at 764-3990.