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  • Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for servicemembers and their Families to assess their own saving status. Additional Information

  • Operation Love Letters was created to commemorate our Fallen Soldier's "Love for Country," by paying tribute to our love for them.  It is a day to celebrate with Survivors through their expressions of love for their Fallen Soldier. Click here for a calendar of events.

  • American Heart Month

    To learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones, click here.

  • African American History Month

    "We pause to reflect on our progress and our history — not only to remember, but also to acknowledge our unfinished work. We reject the false notion that our challenges lie only in the past, and we recommit to advancing what has been left undone."—Barack Obama, from 2015 Proclamation

  • Army Reserve Family Programs Fort Family

    Fort Family is a service of Army Reserve Family Programs that provides live support for Soldiers and their Families 24/7/365. To learn more, click here.

Military Saves Week is February 23 – February 28

By James Lander, Military Saves Director

Military Saves Week (February 23 – February 28, 2015), part of the DoD Financial Readiness Campaign, is a chance for servicemembers and their Families to assess their own saving status and take financial action. Studies show that having a savings plan with specific goals can have beneficial financial effects, regardless of income level. The Military Saves Week theme ‘Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.’ encourages individuals to do just that.

This Military Saves Week, join the more than 180,000 people who have pledged to save by taking the Military Saves Pledge. Already taken the pledge? Military Saves encourages you to recommit to your savings goal and re-pledge today. When savers take the Military Saves pledge they can receive:
  • Free subscription to the monthly Military Saves e-Newsletter
  • Free myFICO credit score for servicemembers and their spouses courtesy of FINRA Investor Education Foundation
  • Quarterly e-newsletters from America Saves

Savers can also get tips by following Military Saves on Facebook and Twitter and by reading the Military Saves blog. Encourage people to go viral with their savings goal. Take a picture and post it on Facebook and tag @MilitarySaves.

The Unexpected is Expensive!

By The USAA Educational Foundation

Unexpected expenses come in many forms and can quickly get you into debt or push you further into debt. Prepare for these unexpected expenses with an emergency fund.

Life happens when we are busy making other plans. It never fails, you wake up ready for a normal day when BAM you get a flat tire on the way to work. Your son comes home from school with a toothache. Your husband hurts his back performing his touchdown dance ritual during the big game. The unexpected is expensive.

Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing when unexpected life events will ruin your day, but you can be prepared for it. If you don’t have an emergency fund already set up, you need to start building one now to stay out of debt. An emergency fund is money saved that is only to be used to pay for unexpected expenses. Since you normally don’t know how much an unexpected life expense will cost, we recommend starting with at least $1,000 in your emergency fund. If $1,000 seems like a lot right now don’t panic! Small deposits will add up quickly over time. As this fund grows don’t stop! You should try to save three to six months of your living expenses that can only be used in case of emergency.

The easiest way to start an emergency fund is to automatically transfer a portion of your pay as soon as it is deposited. Add extra money from gifts, rebates and federal income tax refunds to grow the fund. Unexpected expenses can happen at any time. So get started building your emergency fund now to help keep you out of debt in the future.

The USAA Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization, does not endorse or promote any commercial supplier, product, or service.

Rainy Days Forecast - Pack an Umbrella

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Most of us appreciate a sturdy umbrella on a stormy day. We don’t always know when we’ll encounter rain, but unless we live in the desert, we know that eventually rain will fall. So we buy umbrellas, raincoats and boots to protect ourselves against the inevitable downpour. Rainy day funds, or emergency savings, protect us too. We can’t always predict when we’ll have a money emergency, but we know that eventually a financial crisis will arrive. Setting aside money in a rainy day fund shelters you from a financial storm. Chances are, you’ve already experienced a financial squall or two; it’s tough to go through life without them. An unexpected automobile or home repair, a surprise tax bill, or an unplanned trip home for a funeral or wedding all qualify.

Sometimes, financial rainfall lands not in the form of a bill to pay, but as a sudden loss of income. This could be due your spouse’s layoff, a divorce or your unplanned separation from the service. It’s a good idea to make a rainy day fund one of your highest savings priorities. Put $20 a week in an emergency fund and your account will grow to over $1,000 in just one year. That’s often enough to cover a repair bill or emergency travel. A rainy day fund can also shield you from the high cost of borrowing, and keep you from hydroplaning into debt.

A good way to set up a rainy day fund is to save automatically. Arrange to put money into an emergency fund account through an allotment from your military pay. You can accomplish the same thing through a systematic transfer from your regular checking or savings account at your bank or credit union. Keep your rainy day funds separate from your checking account, and label it “for emergency use only.” Just writing down an account’s purpose can keep you from spending the money for any other reason. Visit Start an Emergency Fund on for more tips.

Even if you start out small, keep saving. You should put aside enough in your rainy day fund eventually to cover living expenses for 3 – 6 months. If you anticipate a job loss or separation from the service, try to save even more. An easy way to save for your rainy day fund is by taking the Military Saves Savers’ Pledge. Choose “Emergency Fund” from the drop-down menu. It’s a commitment you make to yourself to take shelter from financial storms.

We know that rainfall is inevitable, and we prepare for it. Like an umbrella sheds rain, a rainy day fund sheds financial rainfall. Storms arise unexpectedly. Protect yourself—with a rainy day fund.

Army Strong Community Center (ASCC) Assists Soldier with Death Benefits

In December 2014, an Army Reserve Soldier approached the ASCC staff for assistance after hearing their presentation at a Unit Briefing. The Soldier explained that almost a year ago his 6-week old child had unexpectedly passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and his Family had not received any death benefits from his Family Survival Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) Policy. When he initially worked this matter through his Unit Administration office, it seemed the process was unclear to them and they made no headway.

The ASCC made contact with the 316th ESC IG office and explained in detail the assistance the Soldier needed, and provided the Soldier's contact information. The ASCC staff followed-up with the Soldier and confirmed that the IG office had made contact and was working the issue. Within a few weeks, the claim was processed through the USARC G1 Office and the Soldier was paid $10,080, which also included accrued interest from the past year. The Soldier was ecstatic and could not believe the ASCC was able to get movement on this matter so quickly. The IG office used this opportunity to teach and train the Soldier's Unit on this process for future reference.