Hickam Exchange hosts financial fair, offers pledge

Information Technician 1st Class Daniel Neumeyer, Defense Intelligence Agency, answers financial questions from a patron during a financial fair held Feb. 24 at the Hickam Exchange. Neumeyer is a command finance specialist.

Information Technician 1st Class Daniel Neumeyer, Defense Intelligence Agency, answers financial questions from a patron during a financial fair held Feb. 24 at the Hickam Exchange. Neumeyer is a command finance specialist.

Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth

Assistant Editor, Ho`okele

In observance of Military Saves Week, Hickam Exchange hosted a financial fair Feb. 24 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). The goal of the fair was to help service members achieve their financial goals by providing savings advice, financial tools, resources and motivation.

Military Saves Week is a Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored event that gives service members and their families an opportunity to receive free financial support to help them save money, reduce debt and build wealth. The focus of this year’s Military Saves Week is “Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Save Automatically.”

Volunteers, including financial counselors from JBPHH Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) and both Air Force and Navy Command financial specialists, manned the fair’s information booth.

“We are here to encourage people to take the Military Saves Pledge,” said Janice Crawley, a MFSC financial counselor. “We are trying to get people to save for emergencies and make saving automatic.”

The Military Saves Pledge reads, “I will help myself by saving money, reducing debt, and building wealth over time. I will help my family and my country by encouraging other Americans to build wealth, not debt.”

“It’s important to get people thinking about their savings goals and putting money away, either for emergencies or for things they want to purchase in the future,” said Debbie Blunt, also a financial counselor at MFSC.

Blunt believes holding financial fairs at locations such as an exchange has its advantages.

“We’re able to reach a lot of spouses we can’t always reach at other locations, such as commands,” she said.

Active duty service members and their spouses can take the Military Saves Pledge and find additional information and resources through the Military Saves website at www.mili tarysaves.org.

Those taking the pledge also have the option of receiving a free credit score along with use of a credit analysis tool.

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