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JBSA M&FRCs offer virtual financial services in midst of pandemic

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  • By David DeKunder
  • 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Centers are conducting virtual financial classes for installation members who have questions about or need help with their finances during these uncertain times.

M&FRCs offer virtual financial classes on several topics, including budgeting, credit and debt management, savings and other areas of money management that are taught by a certified financial counselor.

Sarah Henson, JBSA-Randolph M&FRC community readiness consultant, said the virtual classes are one of several financial resources and programs offered by M&FRCs to JBSA members.

“There are so many great financial resources available to our JBSA members,” Henson said. “First and foremost, there are accredited and certified financial counselors at each M&FRC.  We are always available to help. We love what we do and want our members to know they are never alone when it comes to improving their finances.”

M&FRCs are conducting a variety of upcoming virtual financial classes. Classes being offered by JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC for the remainder of May and June include How to Budget, Financial Overview, Credit/Debit Management and Social Security and You. Information about these virtual financial classes, including time and date, and to signup for a class, contact the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC at 210-221-2705 or judsarimi.ortiz.civ@mail.mil.

Upcoming virtual financial classes hosted by JBSA-Randolph M&FRC include Wise Investment Strategy, June 9, 10-11:30 a.m., and Dream Big, Plan Now, June 25, 8:30-10 a.m. The Wise Investment Strategy class covers basic investment tools and strategies that can help individuals make money, while Dream Big, Plan Now focuses on retirement planning.

For information on and to sign up for the Wise Investment Strategy and Dream Big, Plan Now classes, email randolphmfrc@us.af.mil.

Information on virtual financial classes conducted by JBSA-Lackland M&FRC and to sign up for those classes, call 210-671-3723.

JBSA members who register for a virtual financial class will have an email sent to them by the class instructor that will include the link for the class log on and password.

Information on virtual classes, including those related to personal finance, is also posted on the Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Center Facebook page.

There are additional online financial resources and tools available to JBSA members that address the specific needs and situations of service members, military spouses and families and government civilians.

The Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness provides an updated list of financial resources, including those on the specific needs of the military community during COVID-19, at https://finred.usalearning.gov/.

Military spouses can find comprehensive information on how to manage their family’s finances at https://www.milspousemoneymission.org, a new website launched by the Department of Defense that includes a link to COVID-19 resources for the military community.

Virtual meetings with a certified financial counselor can be arranged by contacting JBSA M&FRCs, including JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 210-221-2705; JBSA-Lackland, 210-671-3723; or JBSA-Randolph at randolphmfrc@us.af.mil.