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Military Saves Week promotes smart spending, saving for Airmen

Vandenberg’s Airman and Family Readiness Center recently kicked off its annual “Military Saves Week,” Feb. 23 through 27. Throughout the week, base personnel have been showing up to a variety of classes designed to educate attendees on concepts such as developing spending plans, managing credit and debit accounts, preventing identity theft and scams and creating financial aid and retirement plans. (courtesy graphic)

Vandenberg’s Airman and Family Readiness Center recently kicked off its annual “Military Saves Week,” Feb. 23 through 27. Throughout the week, base personnel have been showing up to a variety of classes designed to educate attendees on concepts such as developing spending plans, managing credit and debit accounts, preventing identity theft and scams and creating financial aid and retirement plans. (courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's Airman and Family Readiness Center recently kicked off its annual "Military Saves Week," Feb. 23 through 27.

Throughout the week, base personnel have been showing up to a variety of classes designed to educate attendees on concepts such as developing spending plans, managing credit and debit accounts, preventing identity theft and scams and creating financial aid and retirement plans.

"Military Saves Week is held annually to help draw attention to all of our base personnel, whether they're active duty, civilian employees, or contractors," said Evelyn Voshell, 30th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant. "Especially our active duty military members, we want them to be cognizant of all the different ways we can make sure they're building wealth and not debt."

MSW has been successful thus far, introducing many young Airmen to the pros and cons of money management.

"The briefings are very informative," said Airman 1st Class Rondell Richardson, 614th Air and Space Operations space target analyst. "For people like me who are unfamiliar with the financial services the military provides, this is really important. I learned a lot of things I didn't know previously."

The courses taught during MSW aren't just financially pivotal, they also go a long way in providing health and wellness among Airmen.

"The lessons we teach are really foundational," said Voshell. "If you have money and you're not handling it correctly, it can take over your life. You need to be able to be comfortable with it, to be aware of what you have and where you're going with it. If you're not ready financially, it could become a problem in just about every avenue of your life."

Financial responsibility is a vital aspect for maintaining success and satisfaction throughout one's military career.

"Be aware of where you're spending your money," said Richardson. "Set up a plan so that you know how much is coming in, where you need to be spending it, and how much you can spend at will."

For more information about Military Saves Week or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 805-606-0039.