Okay, I know this will sound a bit funny – especially in light of all that is taking place in Congress right now – but the government has dedicated an office to help strengthen military families financially.
Here’s the release:
“A government office dedicated to protecting servicemembers and their families from financial predators and pitfalls officially opened for business this week. As the military arm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of Servicemember Affairs is intended to strengthen military families financially and to serve as an advocate on their behalf.”
Since there are 50 states, each with different laws, military families may be unaware of the protections in the state where they live. The office will work to ensure servicemembers and their families receive the financial protection and education they deserve by insuring that military personnel are provided a quality financial education.
The office will also monitor consumer complaints and the responses to those complaints, and work with other federal and state agencies to help resolve issues.
(I’m wondering if there is an office to register constituent complaints.)
To report a financial issue or complaint, servicemembers and their families can visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.