Emergency Financial Assistance





"We could not believe everything we were able to get not only for the new baby, but also our other three children. I can’t express how grateful we are for your service to us."


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).


Financial Freedom Seminars




"My to attend a seminar and found it VERY helpful. I can truly say that the help we received from you and the training my husband got on budgeting through the seminar got us back on our feet."




A family's financial health is part of mission readiness. Pick up the tools to successfully balance your family budget and plan for a healthy financial future at STEP's Financial Freedom Seminars.




Our complimentary Financial Planning Seminars, generously sponsored by Boeing and led by Certified Financial Planners, teach military and veteran families money-saving strategies and techniques to help them get out of debt and reach their financial goals. Participants will enjoy information-loaded seminars with free food, prizes, and most importantly new ways to manage their money!




2017 Topics

January 18 - Year full of Savings! (simple easy ways to save money)

February 22- Make your tax return work for you! (Ways to save/ pay off bills with your return)

March 22- Buy your Dream Car! (car buying, the dos and don’ts)

April 19- VA Home Loans 101

May 17- Saving for the Future (retirement savings)

June 21- Budgeting 101

July TBD- Christmas in July (easy way to stash money for the holidays)

August TBD- FICO and Debt Traps! (learn about credit scores and FICO scores)

September 27- Transitioning out of the military (how to save for the day you leave the military)

October- Saving for your education! (how to use your VA benefits and TA Assistance as well as Grants)

November TBD- VA Home Loans (repeat)

December TBD- Beat the debt! (reducing your debt)


Sharing the Joy - Holiday Relief

2015 THANK you to all who participated!

“Wow, thank you isn't enough to express how appreciative we are. Truly brought tears to my eyes.God bless you and everyone who have made this possible for our 3 children."

A holiday program that links military and veteran families who are currently struggling or recovering from financial hardship, with civilian families and corporate sponsors throughout the Southern California community. The generosity extended by these caring folks help ensure our service members, veterans and their families receive a variety of gifts to help their families experience the true spirit of the holidays. Last year, STEP and their community partners were able to give more than 500 family members something to be merry about in an otherwise bleak year.

Specific criteria for consideration:  

  • Has a Financial Need

  • Active Duty or Recently Discharged (honorably within 18 months)

  • Pay Grades E-1through E-6

  • Reside in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino or Ventura County


Types of support needed:  

  • Family Adoption

  • Toy Drives

  • Fundraisers

  • General Gift Cards

  • Volunteers

Wounded Warrior Caregiver Support


"Thank you so much for providing the opportunity for me and my fellow (Wounded Warrior) caregivers to have a 'care-free' day in which we enjoyed ourselves without the worry of home life."

Behind every wounded warrior stands another courageous yet silent hero. The wives of our wounded service members stand strong and tall despite the challenges they face as they take on new roles as lifelong caregivers. These brave women are often forced to give up their careers and time with friends as they work around the clock to ensure their husbands receive the care and support that they need. Their lives are far from normal and more difficult than anyone could imagine. STEP organizes and hosts several events throughout the year to pay tribute to these extraordinary women. Whether it's a spa day at the luxurious La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad or a fun-filled day at the San Diego Zoo, our retreats provide these women with a quick getaway to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with other women who understand their pain and struggles.

For more information on how to sign up for the next PROJECT Wounded Warrior Wife event, please "Like" us on Facebook to receive the latest announcements and updates. You can also ask your Command Ombudsman or Family Readiness Officer to contact us at



Support the Enlisted Project and MCCS, MCRD invite E1-E6 families to enjoy some Carnival fun. Food, Live Music, Carnival Games, Petting Zoo, Baby Goods, and more! This event happens every spring following STEP’s Annual Baby Drive.

Please like us on Facebook ( for notification of Open Registration.

The Military Family Appreciation Carnival is FREE to a limited number of families! Keep an eye on our Facebook for more information coming Spring of 2017!


What is it?

It is an Educational Resource Street Fair.


Why are we doing it?

Our military and veterans get many resources thrown at them for educational assistance. The barrage of information often places burden on them to try to navigate the unknown and can be overwhelming. STEP is focused at assisting our military and veterans to financial self-sufficiency and an education can be key in achieving this for one’s self and family.

Cammies to College is designed to introduce our military to all of the options available to them in using their educational benefits by bringing all the resources together in one place for one day, to be at the disposal of our military and veterans who want to learn more about further education.

Cammies to College bridges the information gap, by bringing together service providers and our military & veteran community, creating an opportunity for those thinking about furthering their education to gain valuable information on how to further their education, help them make more informed decisions, remove information barriers, and show them the support that exists.


Who can attend?

Veterans and Active Duty welcome – bring your family and plan your future possibilities together.

Come out and meet the schools, the service providers, the nonprofits, and companies who want to support our military and veterans.
Come and get your questions answered, your paperwork filled out, your ideas mapped out.
Bring your DD214 and start your process.


Where is it being held?