Emergency Financial Assistance





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Military personnel and their families face many of the same financial management challenges as civilians. Like most adults, they must continually grapple with everyday financial decisions like budgeting and bill paying while also managing long-term considerations like retirement planning and debt management. However, being in the military also involves unique circumstances and stresses that can make financial management even more difficult: deployments, frequent changes of station (PCS) and prolonged separation from immediate family. Military personnel must also be vigilant about their credit ratings in order to preserve their security clearances. On top of these stresses, post-war force reductions may limit future military career opportunities for some service members.” - 2012 FINRA Investor Education Foundation report. STEP’s standard operating procedures focus on the following eligibility prerequisites: 1) the client is active duty military or a recently (with 18 months) honorably discharged veteran in the pay grade of E1-E6, and 2) the client resides in one of the seven supported counties (San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties).