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“Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are.
We — with guests like you — will help the military community not only navigate their finances but also military life. We chat about both good and bad financial practices and provide some insight along the way. We’ll share strategies to help people get ahead, discuss military benefits that members should take advantage of, and more – all working towards the goal of helping people become more financially independent.
On the show, we’ll also preview and talk about how to take advantage of military specific services, such as loans and mortgages, and help members prepare for important milestones such as PCS moves and the transition to civilian life. Finally, at the end of every episode, we have a bit of fun with our Military Minute. That guessing-game segment features military history, hobbies, a bit of pop culture. Correct guesses by listeners could result in a donation to charity of individual’s choice.
In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Rachael DeLeon, Executive Director of Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), discuss how AFCPE is a beacon of reliable and accessible financial counseling, coaching, and education. Their support is there for individuals seeking trustworthy help and those aspiring to assist others in their financial journeys.
Rachael DeLeon, Executive Director of AFCPE, explains that they are a not-for-profit organization founded about 40 years ago. They are dedicated to equipping individuals interested in becoming financial counselors, coaches, or educators. With the belief that everyone deserves equitable access to such services, their mission is to impact people's financial wellbeing positively by ensuring the highest standards in financial counselling, coaching, and education.
A unique attribute of AFCPE is their diversity in service delivery, cut across several fields. Members of this organization work within academia, non-profit organizations, private practices, banks, government institutions, and even the military. Irrespective of the arena, AFCPE’s standards are upheld, ensuring that clients receive service from professionals who believe in equity, inclusion and high standards.
Interestingly, one of AFCPE’s earliest constituents was the military community due to their recognition of the importance of financial readiness. Programs initiated for the military community, such as the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship and the partnership with the CFPB, have had profound impacts on military financial counseling, coaching, and education.
With the partnership between AFCPE and the Veteran Saves, and the Veterans Benefits Banking Program, AFCPE continues to hew a clear path for veterans particularly in providing access to Financial Counseling. Through this initiative, AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselors work as pioneers with the bigger picture of integrating the field and ensuring that financial advice is delivered holistically to veterans.
For those looking to move into the sphere of financial counseling and coaching, AFCPE offers numerous opportunities through its various programs. These professionals can work in academia, non-profit organizations, banks, government institutions, and even within the military. A growing trend among AFCPE certified professionals is private practice. This allows them to hone in on their specific areas of passion and offer specialized services within those niches.
Regardless of the arena – be it the military, academia, or private practices – AFCPE’s ethos of delivering equitable access to financial counseling, coaching and education stands tall. The future presents exciting prospects for AFCPE as they continue their important work in providing financial stability and empowerment for many.
Jodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute.
Tom closes the episode by asking listeners to go to www.afbank.com and subscribe to the show, as well as leave a rating and comment on your favorite podcast platform such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify.