By Scott Prater
In recognition of Financial Health Month, the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center will host a pair of finance themed events during November.
At the Financial Boot Camp for Spouses Nov. 13 at the AFRC, attendees will learn the ins and outs of budgeting and saving money. The Boot Camp is geared toward military spouses, but is open to everyone. Advisors at the event will show participants how they can gain control and organize their family finances.
Schriever’s second highlight for Financial Health Month takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Satellite Dish Dining Facility.
Coined the Financial Health and Information Fair, the event will introduce attendees to a vast array of financial health programs and services offered at the AFRC and through the Air Force.
“The information fair is designed to show people the types of classes, services and resources offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center,” said Christina Ruetz, community readiness counselor at the Schriever AFRC. “There are a lot of resources we can point folks toward. The great thing is we can assess needs on an individual basis and point people in the right direction, whatever their financial situation.”
Financial Health Month is the latest theme in the Year of the Air Force Family, a campaign initiated by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz during July.
The campaign, as explained by Col. Sandra Adams, commander of the Air Force Services Agency, during her visit to Schriever last month, is not another Air Force program. Instead, it seeks to raise awareness about support programs already in place at Air Force installations around the world and garner feedback about those programs from Air Force members, civilians, contractors and their families.
In the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. confidence survey released during February, 29 percent of military members cited paying down debt as their most pressing financial issue, another 18 percent listed making ends meet as a their primary concern, and 25 percent said they felt uneasy about their retirement plans.
“We know that financial problems in marriages is a leading cause for divorce,” Ms. Ruetz said. “We want to make sure we alleviate any kind of stress folks may experience with their families by providing services and resources, and by educating them on ways to make better financial decisions.”
The Schriever AFRC offers free consultations and resources on financial oriented issues like saving, investing, budgeting, retirement planning, building credit and avoiding identity theft. The center also offers monthly financial classes such as: ways to save for the holidays, foreclosure avoidance, home buying, basic budgeting and advanced investing. It even offers financial classes for new parents and Airmen who are preparing to move from on-base dorms to off-base housing.
The Financial Boot Camp for Spouses begins at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 and runs until 3 p.m. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call 567-3920 or visit the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center to register.