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New Resource for Community Educators

Thursday, August 28, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Dear Community Partner,

Servicemembers, veterans and their families have many of the same financial goals and responsibilities as civilian households—maintaining a home, paying off debt and saving for the future.If you are a community educator serving servicemembers and vets, you understand that they often also face unique challenges, including making frequent moves, being deployed or transitioning to civilian employment. Consumer Action has created a set of materials to support community-based organizations’ efforts to educate and empower servicemembers and vets in the area of personal finance.The publications are free to community-based organizations that serve servicemembers and veterans.

The new materials focus on how to recognize and avoid scams, which financial products and services to steer clear of, what consumer-friendly borrowing and banking options are available, what special consumer finance protections active duty servicemembers have under the law, and where to file a complaint, get emergency financial assistance, receive free legal advice or learn more about money management.

The Military Money educational module includes:
  • An eight-page “Economic Survival Guide for Servicemembers and Veterans” that presents key information about avoiding scams and predatory lenders and making better banking and borrowing choices
  • A 20-page trainer’s manual, written in Q&A format, that expounds on the information presented in the guide
  • A lesson plan, which guides educators through a 2½-hour presentation, including group learning activities
  • A 22-slide PowerPoint presentation, which provides a visual component to the lesson that will help to engage learners and improve retention
Consumer Action developed the Military Money module with funding from Visa as part of the Veterans Coalition Project, of which Consumer Action is a member.

Use theorder formto request printed copies, ordownload the filesfrom our website and make copies as needed. (You can also download the 15-page“Servicemembers and Veterans Financial Empowerment Resource Sheet”in English and Spanish. The publication details government and non-profit programs that help current and former military weather a financial crisis and make ends meet.)

If you have any questions, please emailinfo@consumer-action.orgor call 800-999-7981.


Ken McEldowney
Executive Director
Consumer Action


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