Savings Program part of military preparedness
Today's economic climate underscores how important sound financial management practices are to Guardsmen and their families.
Personal financial health is essential to the National Guard's military preparedness.
The Department of Defense has launched the 2010 "Military Saves; Start Small, Think Big," campaign which is conducted in coordination with the non-profit partner, the Consumer Federation of America.
The goal of this year's campaign is for members of the military and their families to make a personal commitment to save a portion of their hard-earned income for emergencies and to meet their near and long-term financial goals including retirement.
To help National Guard members and spouses improve their financial preparedness, the National Guard Financial Management Awareness Program (FMAP) has partnered with the Military Saves Campaign (www.MilitarySaves.org) to provide free resources and education.
FMAP has developed a 2010 Financial Management Health Assessment Survey, found at www.jointservicessupport.org/financialawarenesssurvey. Upon taking the survey, participants are encouraged to "Take the Saver Pledge" to help change our National Guard culture to one that promotes financial wellness.
Additional information on FMAP's partnership with MilitarySaves. org can be found on the Joint Services Support System at www.jointservicessupport.org.
Now is the time to develop a personal savings plan, establish an emergency fund and for those who are eligible, enroll in the Thrift Savings Plan.