From Staff

Military Saves Week "Start Small - Think Big" kicked off Feb. 24 at the VP-30 auditorium aboard NAS Jax. Fifteen financial workshops were presented over four days to educate Sailors and families about an array of topics including: purchasing a vehicle, buying a home, credit management, planning for retirement, small steps to wealth, identity theft, insurance needs, paying for college, budgets and savings, deployment planning and more.

On Feb. 27, NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander welcomed attendees to the Family Re$ource Makeover Night at the MWR Youth Activities Center gym. The program included presentations from NAS Jax Legal Department, Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC), VyStar Credit Union, TRICARE, Navy College Office, and Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

Free pizza, snacks and water were provided.

Undersander was impressed with the turnout.

"I saw a number of dependents and ombudsmen, as well as active duty Sailors, preparing for a more secure financial future. That's good - because as we all know - family financial readiness contributes directly to mission readiness."

Military Saves Week wrapped up Feb. 28 at Dewey's All Hands Club with the awarding of "Poker Run" checks to three Sailors.

For the poker run, Military Saves Week participants attended at least five financial workshops where they were dealt a playing card.

The best three poker hands received checks from VyStar Credit Union for $300, $100 and $100.

Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Financial Educator Rufus Bundrige, who led the event team, said home buying and vehicle buying workshops were particularly popular.  

"Our sponsors and presenters were all experts in their fields," said Bundrige.

"It's all about planting the seeds for a secure financial future. Kudos to everyone who took time to attend."

Almost 640 Sailors, retirees and dependents took advantage of the free event sponsored by USAA, FIRST CMD, MOAA, TSP, NMAA, VYSTAR CU, NFCU, TOP PREPARATION, TRICARE, NMCRS, NAVY CAMPUS, FFSC AND MWR.

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