On these pages you will find practical, easy-to-understand information about being financially prepared for deployment, buying a home, minimizing taxes, holding down insurance costs and avoiding financial schemes that too often target military families.
This guide is a collaboration between two organizations that have been helping consumers -- including members of the military -- for a long time. When the Kiplinger Magazine (now called Kiplinger's Personal Finance) was launched in 1947, a driving motivation was to provide sound, unbiased personal-finance advice to military personnel returning to the workforce after World War II.
Better Business Bureau, established in 1912, is the nation’s oldest nonprofit organization in the field of advancing marketplace trust, and specializes in providing consumers with information that helps them make wise choices. It has long worked on behalf of military families, and BBB Military Line® specializes in consumer education and advocacy for them.
As you read the guide, you'll realize that two people spearheading this project have deep personal interest in the topic. Kimberly Lankford has been providing solid advice to readers of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Kiplinger.com for more than a decade.
Since 2004, Holly Petraeus has headed up the Council of Better Business Bureaus' BBB Military Line® program, where she provides financial education to military families.
In addition to their expertise in personal finance, they have a very special credential: They’re both military spouses. They know firsthand that the financial strategies, rules and resources for military families are often very different from those for civilians.