CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan—U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William J. Bowers, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Camp Smedley D. Butler, signed the Military Saves Month proclamation at building one on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan March 30.
The month of April is recognized as “Military Saves Month” and serves to encourage those in the military community to focus on financial readiness and to raise awareness of the financial resources available to them.
“The biggest thing for me with ‘Military Saves’ is that it’s a platform for us as educators to get the word out,” said Tara Gould, a personal financial management specialist with Marine Corps Community Services. “A lot of times, people will come and say to me, ‘I really wish I could have come and talk to you before I made some decisions.’”
The MCCS representatives emphasized on the importance of saving money.
“Our goal is to get them to see the real possibilities that they can look out for if their savings are in the right place.” Anthony Green, MCCS Marine & Family Programs resources representative
“Saving is something we want them to start now,” said Anthony Green, a Marine & Family Programs resources representative with MCCS. “So that military personnel can have a reserve of money set aside in case of emergencies.”
“Our goal is to get them to see the real possibilities that they can look out for if their savings are in the right place.”
Bowers expressed his support in the encouragement of Marines being made aware of what’s available to them financially.
“A big thing is leadership,” says Gould, “I was very excited to do this today to get that leadership support, so that when we do come in to another unit, we have the ability to talk to Marines.”
For more information, contact a personal financial specialist with the MCCS Personal & Professional Development-Resources branch.