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Military Saves: Preparing Airmen for financial readiness

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is teaming up with the finance office to offer free financial classes for military members and dependents during Military Saves Week Feb. 26 - March 3, 2018. Military Saves Week classes cover a variety of topics to prepare Airmen for financial issues they may face in the future or to help them with current stressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is teaming up with the finance office to offer free financial classes for military members and dependents during Military Saves Week Feb. 26 - March 3, 2018. Military Saves Week classes cover a variety of topics to prepare Airmen for financial issues they may face in the future or to help them with current stressors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Military Saves Week, an offshoot of America Saves, is a nationwide social marketing initiative to encourage military members and their families to build wealth, not debt, and to create healthy savings habits, said Jennifer M. Aubrey, Community Readiness Consultant.

The Airman and Family Readiness Center at Dover AFB is offering different financial classes on smart spending, banking and saving, investing tips, understanding credit and more February 26 through March 3 on the second floor of the finance building.

“There are numerous benefits to Military Saves Week, but I consider the additional financial education classes, financial awareness, and opportunity to meet and network with the personal financial counselors on the base most beneficial,” said Aubrey.

Everyone is encouraged to sign the pledge at www.militarysaves.org. The pledge is a personal commitment to help oneself reduce debt, save money, build wealth and encourage fellow Americans to do the same.

“Everyone with base access is invited and encouraged to attend- active duty, guard, reserve, spouses, dependents, retirees, widows, and civilian employees,” said Aubrey. “There is something for everyone, no matter where you are in your financial journey.”

There are plenty of slots for the classes, even same day sign-ups are authorized. This is the time to get ahead and prepare for any financial issues that may present themselves in the future.

“To avoid being backed into the negative corners of financial struggles, start by taking one giant positive step forward and attend a briefing during Military Saves week,” said Master Sgt. Arcenio Santiago, 436th Airlift Wing Staff Agency first sergeant.

The AFRC, in collaboration with Dover Federal Credit Union, Guidewell and the Securities and Exchange Commission, will be teaching the classes and aiding people in finding possible solutions to their financial problems.

“Talk to a financial expert and let them guide you on a path to a successful, stress free journey that will allow you to focus on other aspects of being a member of the greatest Air Force in the world today, like readiness,” Santiago said.

Register through Appointment Plus or by calling (302)-677-6930.