2017-02-17 / Front Page

Protect financial future with savings

Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

When it comes to financial security, there’s one word of advice Melissa Smith has to offer: save.

Smith, Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program manager, will be joined by others across the nation for Military Saves Week, Feb. 27 – March 4, endorsing the importance of saving and good spending habits.

The Military Saves Week website describes the period as “an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status.”

Fort Gordon will kick off the week with an event Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pentagon Credit Union parking lot. Representatives from ACS Financial Readiness and other agencies will be participating in the event.

“It focuses on anything pertaining to your personal finances,” said Barbara Brown, ACS personal financial readiness specialist. “That’s the time to really get on the focus plan.”

The event is free and open to the public. There will be financial experts, information booths, giveaways, and an opportunity to take the saver pledge. Those who sign the pledge will receive financial tips and information pertaining to saving throughout the year.

“Once you take the pledge, they’re going to remind you of the pledge throughout the year with useful tools, let you know which goals you’ve accomplished, still need to accomplish, and helps keep you focused on saving when you start getting off track,” Smith said.

“It kind of holds you accountable.”

On Feb. 28 at 1 p.m., ACS will host an Understanding Credit class in Room 229A, at Darling Hall. Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending should register by calling (706) 791-1918. The class is for anyone interested in learning about the importance of obtaining and reading a credit report.

Regardless of your financial status, everyone can benefit from investing time in Military Saves Week. At a minimum, Smith would like to see the community take the savings pledge.

“We want everybody to go in, take the savings pledge, and agree to commit to saving,” Smith said.

The pledge can also be signed online at www.militarysaves.org.

National Consumer Protection Week

March 5 – 11 is National Consumer Protection Week. Fort Gordon Army Community Service will be hosting an information forum from on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Darling Hall’s main lobby. The week is a time for financial experts to help understand their rights as consumers and make well-informed decisions.

“More importantly, it’s protecting themselves from identity theft, albeit credit report, banking information, and any type of scams that may be out there via calls or emails,” said Takisha Benitez, ACS personal financial readiness specialist.

The event is free and everyone is encouraged to stop by.

“We really want to educate the community, more importantly our military families, regarding the services that we do provide,” Benitez said, “but more importantly, we want to help them learn how to take action.”

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