What is Military Saves?

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Military Saves, a component of the nonprofit America Saves and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign,  seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. The research-based campaign uses the principles of behavioral economics and social marketing to change behavior. Military Saves encourages all servicemembers, their families, and civilian employees to take the Military Saves pledge and for organizations to promote savings year-round and during Military Saves Week

Savers who take the pledge can opt to receive a monthly e-newsletter from Military Saves, as well as a quarterly e-newsletter from America Saves.  Military Saves also works with FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the defense credit unions, military banks and other non-profit organizations to promote savings and debt reduction.

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Military Saves Week

February 23 - February 28, 2015.

An annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for servicemembers and their families to assess their own saving status.

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From Get Smart About Credit Day in October 2008 through Military Saves Week in February 2009, participants learned the financial facts of life. Lessons were focused on check writing, understanding the stock market, credit cards, differentiating between needs and wants and budgeting.

In one session First National Bank personalized the ABA Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save Money Tree lesson with an emphasis on saving. The lesson taught students how to manage money and pay bills while saving.

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Regular Savings is the Key to Success

My name is Chris Strong. I joined the Air Force on 25 March, 1985. On that day, my financial life changed forever. I was introduced to saving bonds in Basic Training. Savings bonds were the big thing back then just like the Thrift Savings Plan is today. A Colonel gave us a briefing. I cannot remember his name but I can remember the 100 savings bonds he had posted to a piece of card board. He gave us a speech on the importance of saving money and how it can change your life. He inspired me to save.

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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.

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