Thursday, April 11, 2013

Get The Word Out

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a town hall meeting on Fort Bliss with special guest speaker, Holly Petraeus. For those of you who don't know who she is, she is the wife of former CIA director and retired 4-star General, David Petraeus. For the 37 years that she was a military spouse she was an advocate for military families and soldiers. She still continues to work and lobby for military families to get the help and support they need especially financial help. She has testified in congressional hearings 5 times on behalf of military families.

She currently is the assistant director of Service Member Affairs for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It helps protect military families from being taken advantage of by banks, student loan companies, credit card companies, etc. She gave great tips and tricks to help military not get stuck in a financial predicament. If you are involved in your FRG make sure that this information gets to your leader and commander because the more people that know about it the more help we can give our families and soldiers.

 The great thing is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is here to help everyone not just military. Please don't get taken advantage by financial institutions or businesses. If you feel that you have been taken advantage of go to their website and submit a complaint, it will be seen.

Here are links to the websites:


I really hope this information can be passed along and helps at least one person. 

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this info. I will pass this information along.

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  2. I am so jealous that you got to hear her speak! Lucky! Great info!

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  3. That must have been an awesome experience for you!

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  4. This sounds like such a cool experience. You think they would do this at Bragg, haha.

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  5. That's great info Jen, thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is great information! It's amazing that you got to listen to Holly Petraeus!

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  7. How wonderful that you got to hear her speak!

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  8. wow! it is always neat to see people that you have seen on tv in real life :)

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    1. It was awesome! So much good information.

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  9. What great information and what an amazing opportunity to be able to hear someone like her speak. So cool!

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  10. That's really great info! Thanks!

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  11. Good information!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Thank you for sharing this information. Back when we first moved to the States as a married couple, we bought a good car (back as a single guy, Richard would buy very old cars for a couple hundred dollars and would sell them again for parts once they broke down). They wanted to charge us over 20% interest on a car loan, just because Richard had never had any debt and never saw it necessary to get a credit card. That was one crazy experience (were able to negotiate the rate down to about 12 or 15%, still crazy!!) There should definitely be protection for consumers, in general, but especially for those that serve.

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    1. You are so welcome! I'm just glad that there are programs out there to help consumers.

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  13. Thanks for sharing. Its amazing how many people don't know about these great programs. :)

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Love hearing from you!! :)