Freedom from debt

| January 30, 2017

In his essay on wealth, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes that “a man in debt is so far a slave.” Since debt is sometimes a necessary tool to help us purchase something essential, we don’t often think about it in those terms.

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Does rebuilding the military include BRAC?

| January 27, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Chairman (HASC) Mac Thornberry wrote an opinion piece for, “Here’s how we will make America’s military great again.” Rep.

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Creating a budget that works for you

| January 23, 2017

A quick internet search on budgeting will show you just how complex budgeting can seem. With many competing ideas about how you should budget and what your financial priorities should be, deciding how to allocate your monthly income can feel like a daunting task.

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Will the Budget Control Act be repealed under the new administration?

| January 20, 2017

This week Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released his recommendations for the FY 2018-2021 defense budget, called “Restoring American Power.”

McCain’s blunt assessment of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) budget and the negative effect it has had on our nation’s military includes stating that “We are now at a tipping point.” Referencing the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which resulted in sequestration, McCain argues that by forcing DoD “to start the year locked into the previous year’s budget” is, in practice, a budget cut.

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Financial tips to start 2017 off right

| January 16, 2017

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? It’s not too late to incorporate better financial habits into your plans for 2017. These ideas may add momentum to the positive changes you’re already pursuing.

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Service members and job security

| January 13, 2017

The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law last month, included “readiness stabilization funding.” This funding stops the military drawdown of troops and increases the end strength of the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force.

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Big changes ahead for military retirement

| January 9, 2017

America’s career military families are starting the new year with a big decision to make about their retirement benefits: Hang onto their traditional pensions or switch to a new system designed for the next generation of service members.

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Anxieties over potential government shutdown linger

| January 6, 2017

America’s career military families are growing increasingly optimistic that lawmakers will skirt a possible government shutdown in the spring, even as their feelings of anxiety linger.

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Military families’ top 10 financial resolutions

| January 2, 2017

Members of America’s career military plan to improve their family finances in 2017. Top money-themed New Year’s resolutions include cutting household spending and reducing consumer debt.

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