A&FRC program helps military, DOD families be financially ready

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  • By Holly Logan-Arrington
  • Robins Public Affairs

Striking a financial balance can often feel like a tight-rope walk.

Leaning too far in one direction could lead to monetary ruin.

Fortunately, Robins’ Airman & Family Readiness Center’s Personal Financial Readiness program offers the skills that can save you from a monetary demise.

“The program offers information, education and personal financial counseling to help individuals and families maintain financial readiness,” said Anthony Pope, a Work/life specialist in the A&FRC.

Pope said individual appointments are available to assist with a wide variety of key areas like money and credit management, savings plan, debt reduction, car buying, and the Thrift Savings Plan. 

“Defense Department and Air Force leadership understand the importance of being financially prepared and they know how it can negatively impact the mission,” he said. “Financial issues can cause a significant amount of stress for individuals and families members, so we provide this service to help people appropriately manage their income and address future concerns.”

With the right approach, people can be financially ready, Pope said.

“Imagine being completely debt free and having the money to buy your next car,” he said.  “That sounds nice and it’s possible, but it takes time, dedication and a plan.  We can help you develop that plan. 

“Personal finance impacts everyone and it’s critical to get on the right path as soon as possible,” Pope said.  “Regardless of age, if you see you are not where you need to be financially, you should take the action necessary to improve your situation.” 

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act established several new training sessions that will be required during a service member’s career.

Pope said for example, financial training after a promotion, prior to a PCS, marriage, and being vested in TSP.  More to follow on this in the next couple of months.

All Airman & Family Readiness Center programs and services are free.

For more information, call the Call A&FRC at 478-926-1256.