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WEBINAR: Making Sense of Cents!
WHO CAN ATTEND THE WEBINAR?
All Army Reserve connected youth, ages 12-18, are invited to join us in Making Sense of Cents!
WHEN IS THE WEBINAR?
February 23, 2014, 7pm to 8:30 pm EST
February 26, 2014, 7pm to 8:30 pm EST
Pick which date works for you or sign up for both! Parents are welcome to join.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THIS WEBINAR?
February 24—March 1, 2014 is the official Military Saves Week. This webinar is an initiative for getting teens involved. Topics covered will include: budgets, spending plans, completing a money personality quiz, setting goals, financing college and much more!
Hosted by USACAPOC(A) Child, Youth & School Services
For more information view flyer (PDF).
Safety Slogan Competition
The Army Reserve is excited to announce the new “Safety Slogan” competition. This competition is a chance for YOU to set the stage for Safety in the Reserve Command. The slogan will be used to promote the Command’s commitment to safety.
The winner will receive:
- Three-star and CSM certificate of achievement
- Slogan highlighted at all future Safety venues and promotional items.
- Story in Warrior Citizen and recognition in the Double Eagle
- Distribution of the slogan on Army Reserve social and web channels
- News release on DVIDS
The deadline is 29 April 2014. Click here for details. (PDF)
Tips to Get the Most Value from Your Tax Refund
By James Lander, Military Saves Director
Tax time is one of the few opportunities when households receive a sizable amount of money – especially if they are able to take advantage of the earned-income tax credit.
While it may be tempting to spend that money on wants vs. needs, saving your tax refund can protect you from needing to turn to payday loans or high-cost credit later in the year, and can serve as the foundation to grow your savings.
Here are four ways to get the most value from your tax refund:
1. Pay down your debt. Use your refund for some much needed debt relief. Pay off your credit card balance. Alternatively, you can apply your refund toward other debts, like a car loan or a home equity loan.
2. Save for a rainy day. Why not give yourself an even bigger return on your tax refund by putting the money into a share or savings account? It's always helpful to have a savings account to draw from when a major car repair bill, medical emergency or other unexpected expense comes along. That way, you don't have to borrow money and add to your debt-load.
3. Consider your financial goals. Trying to save for a house or car down payment? Hope to contribute to your child's college tuition? Consider applying your tax refund toward these goals. If you don't yet have a set of short-term and long-term financial goals, put one together. You'll be more conscientious about how you spend your refund or any other extra money that comes your way.
4. Save your refund for a chance to win $25,000. This year, instead of taking your refund as one check or direct deposit, use IRS Form 8888 to “split” your refund. All you need is your savings account information OR you can decide to order a U.S. Savings Bond for yourself or someone else (no account information needed!). Learn more at https://www.saveyourrefund.com/
Remember, you work hard for your money and you deserve to enjoy a healthy financial lifestyle. Put some thought into how you use your tax refund. Making smart financial decisions is not always easy, but it will definitely benefit you and your family over the long term.
Need help finding ways to save? Take the Military Saves pledge to make a commitment to yourself to save and receive emails and/or text messages to keep you motivated.
Military Saves, managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA), seeks to motivate, encourage, and support low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Learn more at http://www.militarysaves.org/
Army Reserve Battle Buddy App for iPhone, Ipad and Android Smartphones
The Army Reserve Battle Buddy App has been released for use on iPhones, Ipads and Android Smartphones. This user-friendly app provides tools and information needed to assist in suicide intervention and other crisis situations.
This app is organized into two primary areas, "My Buddies" and "My Resources". MY BUDDIES contains quick links and tips to use if you must act or intervene in a crisis. It provides detailed intervention, awareness and prevention information concerning the Army's suicide prevention program and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.
MY RESOURCES consists of links and information on programs and services available to Soldiers and their Families. You will find a wealth of information on benefits, entitlements, educational opportunities, financial resources and other information.
What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.”
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, known as “minimum essential coverage” (MEC), for themselves and their dependents. Individuals who fail to have MEC may be required to pay a penalty (called a “shared responsibility payment”) when they file their tax returns.
If you are a service member, retiree, family member, or survivor covered by TRICARE, you have MEC. (See full article.)
Military OneSource Weekly Tips
Military OneSource Tips - Tips for a healthy and balanced lifestyle
Learn about the information, tools and resources available from the National Resource Directory in this week's Wounded Warrior Tip of the Week.
AFAP Celebrates 30th Anniversary
The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) celebrates 30 years of grassroots advocacy by providing Soldiers, retirees, DA Civilians, and Family members, including surviving spouses, a voice in shaping their quality of life. Several issues submitted by Reserve Component Families inspired changes in services supporting our decentralized geographic population. Concerns were voiced and elevated to the Reserve Component senior leadership and they listened. As a result, policy changes impacting approval of tax credits for employers of Reserve Component Soldiers on extended active duty; issuance of ID cards for Reserve Component Family members throughout the service member’s career; and the institution of full-time medical case managers for Reserve Component Soldiers were adopted to benefit the Reserve Component community. These are just a few of the issues surfaced that can now be counted as AFAP success stories. Army Reserve constituents continue to be instrumental in fueling the AFAP process to bring about change in Army and Army Reserve programs, policies and services. We need you to be a part of the AFAP process. Your issues are needed to ensure quality of life improvements are realized as AFAP’s proven track record and legacy of getting results continues.
Submit your issues to the online AFAP mailbox or to the local Army Reserve Family Programs Office. You can make a difference - one issue at a time!
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