'Military Saves' - Start small, think big

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Being debt free often sparks an interest in the minds of most people, but the road to a higher credit score often leaves them unsure of which direction to follow.

In order to help, the community readiness consultants from the Airman & Family Readiness Center will be at the Base Exchange, Feb. 22 through Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote the Military Saves Campaign.

"The goal is for people to reduce debt and increase savings," said Heather Wojciuch, 509th Force Support Squadron community readiness technician. "The cutting of the credit cards is a portion of the campaign that helps people reduce their debt because they stop spending."

According to Mrs. Wojciuch, the A&FRC will encourage Active Duty, Guard and Reserve servicemembers, DoD civilians, retirees, veterans, Defense contractors, and family members of all ages to take "The Saver Pledge Commitment."

"We encourage people to cut-up their credit cards and sign a Saver Pledge form," said R.D. "Smitty" Smith, 509th FSS community readiness consultant.

According to www.militarysaves.org, "The Saver Pledge," is a commitment to exercise good financial habits and encourage other Americans to do the same. Savers who enroll online receive electronic newsletters and e-Wealth Coach advice.

The A&FRC will offer incentives for participating in the Military Saves Campaign according to Mrs. Wojciuch.

"The A&FRC will also hold the $100 bill challenge," Smitty said. "If can you show us a $100 bill and are able to show us that same $100 bill a year later, you will receive a prize. We will record the serial number and get in contact with you a year from the date of documentation."

According to Mrs. Wojciuch, the intention of this program is for consumers to enhance their financial readiness and to make a positive impact on their finances.

For more information about the military America saves campaign, log on to www.militarysaves.org.