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Lajes spouse acclaimed financial counselor

Posted 11/30/2011   Updated 11/30/2011 Email story   Print story


by 1st Lt. Mara Title
65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

11/30/2011 - LAJES FIELD, Azores -- Financial problems have a negative impact on a person's ability to do his or her job effectively, which ultimately erodes mission readiness. As such, financial preparedness is an important element of personal readiness, which is why the position of Lajes' newest Personal Financial Readiness Counselor, Ingrid Bruns, wife of Col. Arch Bruns, 65th Mission Support Group commander, is so important.

"Military families face unique financial challenges related to long deployments, frequent moves and a complicated benefits system," said Richard Lambert, Chief of the Airman and Family Readiness Center. "Through the Military Spouse Fellowship Program, we are helping military families overcome the barriers to achieving sound financial health."

With a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in accounting, Bruns has been selected as one of only 200 military spouses worldwide to participate in the 2011 Military Spouse Fellowship Program.

As a PFRC, Bruns is certified to assist individuals and families in the complex process of financial decision making, including the skills to educate clients on sound financial principles, overcoming financial indebtedness, helping to identify and modify ineffective money management behaviors, and developing successful strategies for achieving financial goals. She also provides support in working through financial challenges, and helps develop new perspectives on the dynamics of money in relation to family, friends and individual self-esteem.

"Who knows the intricacies of the military life and military financial needs better than a military spouse?" asked Lambert. "Military Spouse Financial Counselors have a special place in their heart for educating military families and building strong communities."

Through one-on-one counseling and workshops to the Lajes community, Bruns provides solution-focused guidance to servicemembers and spouses on financial topics including, but not limited to: budgeting, saving, retirement, credit issues, credit report analysis, debt resolution, car buying, home buying, insurance, security clearance issues, military pay issues, and money management.

Bruns is available at the A&FRC during normal business hours by appointment. She is also available during and outside these hours for workshops at a specific location, i.e. unit workshops, spouse groups, etc. Appointments can be made by calling A&FRC at 535-4138.

Lambert encourages use of A&FRC's valuable financial services as a measure to take full control of one's financial future.

"Mrs. Bruns can easily show our military members and their families how to make their money work harder for them," said Lambert. "It's truly about being in control of our finances versus the other way around."

With such overwhelming care and support, one might say the A&FRC more than does its part in fulfilling mission readiness at Lajes.

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