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Two day Financial Road Show pit stops at Vandenberg

(Graphic courtesy of the Airman and Family Readiness Center)

(Graphic courtesy of the Airman and Family Readiness Center)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Airman and Family Readiness Center is scheduled to host a Financial Road Show May 1-2 at the Pacific Coast Club here.

The program, which is open to anyone who has base access, focuses on a variety of financial issues including managing military benefits, retirement plans, home mortgages, savings accounts, protection against identity theft and credit reports.

"We are bringing the Financial Road Show to Vandenberg to educate those interested in their own personal finances," said Jamie Lopez, a community readiness consultant with the Airman and Family Readiness Center. "The more people know about their finances will enable them to make better decisions. The program consists of different workshops, which will allow people to key in on certain areas that are more specific to their own needs." 

Keynote speakers will present their expertise and knowledge at the road show. Among the speakers are Larry Winget, a best-selling author and professional motivational speaker; John Sileo, an identity theft speaker; and Kelvin Boston, a best-selling author/speaker.

"The road show is designed to help the attendees create a personal action plan and cause an urge to make some decisions in their life -- either to increase their savings or to reduce their debt," Mr. Lopez said.

The program is tailored to educate about current financial issues impacting Americans today.

"With the current state of the economy, now more than ever, having bad or even decent credit can eliminate the chances of a person receiving a loan or getting a decent job," said Airman Jeremy Dearing, a 30th Comptroller Squadron special actions technician. "Simple day-to-day practices such as budgeting, economizing and investing for the future will give you an edge in a 'sink or swim' economy. On the military end of it, members unable to maintain a responsible financial lifestyle can lose security clearances or even become unqualified to serve in the armed forces."

There will be 10 financial advisors at the road show for one-on-one appointments and two credit counselors to provide free credit reports at the road show.

"It is important to educate yourself on finances because not staying on top of your finances can result in a bad credit history by overspending and being unable to make obligated payments," Airman Dearing said. "Consistent financial responsibility allows endless freedoms to you and your families, however, a lack of those same obligations can severely hinder any such freedom just as easy. The benefits of practicing effective, financial responsibility can lead to a lifetime of sound and endless choices."

The Department of Defense conducts similar financial awareness programs on military bases to encourage members of all services branches to further their financial education. 

The road show program schedule can be found here, click the following hyperlink: Financial Readiness Challenge Campaign Events.