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"Save Automatically" and "Take the Saver Pledge Today"! DoD Blogger Roundtable

It was a crazy busy day for all of us and the DoD Blogger Roundtable with Sgt Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, his wife Lisa Battaglia, and Barbara Thompson, Director of Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth* had a rough and tumble start. It was all about and like military life and what great people the Battaglias are! During the Roundtable this couple did a fantastic job representing our enlisted force and they are on top of the issues.

This week’s issue: Military Saves Week. 

They spoke about “Lifestyle Fitness”, “Financial Fitness” and Tools to reach them before they ran to their next meeting. They hung with us knowing they had to leave because they cared about you – the military family. Ms Thompson did a great job with a lot of unanswerable questions too. What is going to be the impact of DoD budget cuts and the possible furlough of civilians? No one really knows yet but we are watching the issue because it will impact you and support for the military community.


They did have answers for you on how to save! How to plan and the tools to reach your goals were high on the list. So many tools are available such as the Certified Financial Planners on each installation and MilitarySaves.Org! Military OneSource has advisers and videos too.  Find more ideas on MilitaryAvenue's Pinterest Board "Military Family Financial Readiness" or with articles in our Reading Room such as "Military Saves Week Challenges Families to Set Goals".




The list goes on and on and the only thing stopping you? Time? Move out and Make some!  Just get started

This is the week! Do it now. Just like a new workout program, the first step in a financial fitness program is the hardest. So "Take the Pledge" as that first step towards financial fitness.

Do you want to hear the audio transcript of this super discussion? Go to DoDLive.

Col K is a retired Air Force pilot who served with the best of the military community from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. He flew combat rescue and special operations helicopters, fixed wing trainers and airlift and retired while flying the C-17 as the Vice Wing Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord AFB. He enjoys writing about military issues and is a frequent contributor to the the DoD Blogger Roundtable at DoDLive. A member of a proud military family that created MilitaryAvenue.com to support the troops and their families, he enjoys the continued military ties from blogging.

*Ms Battaglia's full office title is Director of Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy).

Photo Credit:  DoDLive
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