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Installations partner for Military Saves Week

The Airman and Family Readiness Centers at Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases and the U.S. Air Force Academy have partnered to bring a week full of events, information fairs and programs to celebrate the annual Military Saves Week campaign Feb. 22-26. (Courtesy graphic)

The Airman and Family Readiness Centers at Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases and the U.S. Air Force Academy have partnered to bring a week full of events, information fairs and programs to celebrate the annual Military Saves Week campaign Feb. 22-26. (Courtesy graphic)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- As the tax returns and long-awaited refunds begin pouring in, the Airman and Family Readiness Centers at Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases and the U.S. Air Force Academy have partnered to bring a week full of events, information fairs and programs to celebrate the annual Military Saves Week campaign Feb. 22-26.

"Instead of just focusing on what we offer on Schriever, we are giving [members] more options of different classes and events throughout the city that they can attend," said Liz Archuleta, Schriever community readiness consultant.

By partnering with the other bases, Archuleta said all three centers are able to offer a wider variety of programming and meet the needs of a wider audience. This is the first time the bases have partnered for the annual campaign.

"I think it's great that the three Front Range Air Force installations collaborate on Military Saves Week events," said Peggy Kramer, Academy A&FRC.  "We share ideas and information so our Air Force members get the most out of celebrating Military Saves Week.  In fact, while we celebrate this single week of the year to encourage healthy savings habits, we also spend the other 51 weeks of the year helping people save, pay down debt and achieve financial goals."

By working together, all three installations can pool resources to help members expand their financial understanding. The events of Military Saves Week allow the installations to put those resources on display. Schriever will host a general information fair, as well as events dealing with topics such as Thrift Savings Plans and fraud. Peterson and the Academy will host programs dealing with home buying, fraud and TSP.

"Military Saves Week is a passion for us because the main theme we combat regularly is helping others find money to save and invest," said Christina Fornander, Peterson personal finance lead. "In 2016 we are also highlighting fraud during Military Saves Week as identity theft is a constant threat. This type of threat increases the likelihood our members have difficulty finding money to save."

Schriever will host "Outsmarting Fraud" noon-1 p.m. and Peterson will host the program from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 24. The fraud programs are being run by representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission and lunch will be provided to those who register by Feb. 19.

In addition to the member programs, Schriever representatives will visit the School Age Program Feb. 26 for a money saving version of "The Game of Life."

"They're actually going to make money and pay money to bills and then they have to decide whether they're going to save or spend the rest of their money," Archuleta said. "They're going to have to pay for rent and utilities and groceries and everything's going to be decision-making along the way."

Those wishing to register for a specific event should contact the hosting installation's A&FRC.
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