The Office of Servicemember Affairs hosts an ongoing series of virtual Military Financial Educator Forums on consumer financial topics for service providers who deliver financial, educational, or legal counseling to servicemembers and their families on military installations worldwide.
The goal of these Military Financial Educator Forums is to supply incremental and easily digestible information on current military consumer financial topics to those service providers.
October 2014 forum
OSA News Desk: Credit Reporting and the Military
The OSA News Desk highlights important facts about credit reporting agencies and the credit reporting process. The forum also debunks common myths about consumer credit profiles and gives tips on the best ways servicemembers can build good credit.
[Originally broadcast on October 30, 2014]
May 2014 forum
OSA News Desk: Veteran consumer issues
The OSA News Desk spotlights common consumer issues for veterans and military retirees. The forum also highlights useful tools for helping veterans capitalize on key benefits and critical information necessary for avoiding consumer scams targeted at military veterans.
[Originally broadcast on May 9, 2014]
September 2013 forum
OSA News Desk: Issues in debt collections
This inaugural edition of the OSA News Desk spotlights servicemember rights and consumer protections under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The forum also teaches viewers how to recognize and help servicemembers fight back against unfair, deceptive and abusive acts or practices by debt collectors who contact them.
[Originally broadcast on September 24, 2013]
July 2013 forum
Solutions for a troubled mortgage
This forum highlights information on government programs under the Making Home Affordable Program, including HAMP and HAFA, and delves into loan options that can help military families struggling with a mortgage or facing foreclosure. The forum also gives viewers information and tools they can use to help servicemembers and military families with this complex issue.
[Originally broadcast on July 25, 2013]