The changing terrain: Sequestration

| September 30, 2016

The majority of military families surveyed in First Command’s most recent Financial Behaviors Index® remain concerned about cuts to defense spending, with seven-in-10 feeling anxious and anticipating being financially affected by the cuts.

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The changing terrain: Potential government shutdown

| September 23, 2016

With only one week to go until the end of the federal government’s fiscal year, the majority of America’s career service members and their families doubt lawmakers will sidestep another government shutdown.

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The changing terrain: Sequestration

| September 16, 2016

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service chiefs testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning at the “Long-term Budgetary Challenges Facing the Military Services and Innovative Solutions for Maintaining our Military Superiority” hearing.

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The changing terrain: Election year issues

| September 9, 2016

For the past two months, First Command has surveyed military and general population families to find out what election year issues are most important to them. Once again, in August, pay, benefits and defense spending are key presidential election issues for military families surveyed in the Financial Behaviors Index®.

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Bare-bones auto insurance: Your out-of-pocket risk

| September 5, 2016

You probably know that each state sets a required minimum amount of auto insurance coverage that you must purchase in order to legally drive. These liability limits are in place to make sure that you have insurance to help you reimburse another party should you be involved in a car accident and be at fault.

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The changing terrain: Presidential election issues

| September 2, 2016

This blog post is an extension of my August 12 post, which focused on the November presidential election. Two weeks ago I wrote about how sequestration and other issues of high importance to military families will affect their election decisions.

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