Money Matters 

11/9/2011 12:00 AM 

 Consumer Awareness Resources

Better Business Bureau Military Line
BBB Military Line is a program of the non-profit U.S. Better Business Bureau (BBB) system, and encourages service members, retirees, DoD civilians and their families to use the free consumer services and materials offered by the BBB.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Provides information to Soldiers and Servicemembers and their families about planning for their future and protecting their finances.

We guide individuals and families from all walks of life in resolving their financial challenges and inspire and equip people to achieve lasting financial wellness.

Military Sentinel
Military Sentinel is a project of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Defense to identify and target consumer protection issues that affect members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

Free Annual Credit Report allows consumers to obtain a free credit report from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) once every twelve months in accordance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act).

National Foundation for Consumer Credit (NFCC)
NFCC has over 900 local offices throughout the country offering budget counseling and education, debt management plans, and financial literacy counseling.

Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator describes itself as a tool for “intelligent giving” and provides ratings for a number of charities based on their financial efficiency and administrative costs.

Equifax's Credit Education Site
Credit management tools, tips and advice from one of the three credit monitoring companies.

Federal Citizen Information Center
A US Government site providing information to consumers about current issues and how to how to file a consumer complaint.

 Financial Assistance

Salute Inc.
Salute Inc. is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support for our military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities.

 Financial Planning Resources

Military Housing Assistance Fund
Military Housing Assistance Fund (MHAF) assists military families in purchasing their own home. MHAF awards grants to families that do not need to be repaid. Families must apply and grants are awarded based on need.

Military Money
Military Money supports military families by helping to make informed financial decisions. The website explores financial issues such as money management, home and family life for military families, education and career advice, deployment and relocation and transitioning to the civilian world.
A U.S. Government web site aimed at improving the financial literacy of American families featuring information on home buying, balancing a checkbook, investment and savings.

Military Saves
This is a campaign that encourages military families to save money and reduce debt.

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances.

National Foundation for Consumer Credit (NFCC)
NFCC has over 900 local offices throughout the country offering budget counseling and education, debt management plans, and financial literacy counseling.

Project for Financial Independence
The Project for Financial Independence connects volunteer financial professionals with individuals and families in need of debt counseling.

Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength
Plan for financial readiness when you are getting deployed.  When preparing for a deployment, consider the following tips to help improve your financial readiness before you leave, as well as after you return home.

Save and Invest
Save and Invest, a project of the NASD Investor Education Foundation, is an online resource center providing information on saving and investing, and links to financial education resources.

The Financial Planning Association (FPA)
The financial planners of the FPA can offer pro bono advice and guidance to military families. Military family members, especially families of Reservists called to active duty, can also contact the FPA at

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation assists military personnel and their families who face financial issues due to predatory lending and offers assistance to service members wounded in action.

Women’s Institute for Financial Education
The Women’s Institute for Financial Education ( is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial education to women in their quest for financial independence.

The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.