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Military Members Drowning in Debt

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My friend Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post had a great column recently talking about the amount of debt military service members are carrying. It’s a topic worthy of discussion and awareness. The article points out that: Military personnel and spouses are generally heavier users of credit cards than civilians, the survey found, and they are more heavily indebted to ... Read More »

I’m Active Duty Assigned to a New Post With a House I Can’t Sell. – Robert

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“Dear Steve, You answered a similar question from an active duty member regarding mortgage relief. My situation is as follows. I am active duty, bought a house while on active duty in Colorado Springs. Lived there no problem however I have been ordered to a new post. I have tried to sell the house, but like many, my house is ... Read More »

Divorce in The Military: Protect Your Financial Future

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If you’re going through a divorce, you’re probably exhausted by the emotional upheaval and the day-to-day details of carving out a new, separate life. Separation when you or your spouse is a member of the military can pose special concerns, like division of military pensions or survivor benefits. One thing that’s easily overlooked — or outright ignored — in the ... Read More »

How Being in Debt Can Affect Your Military Career

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Being in the military poses unique problems for military personnel and their families. Sometimes, as a result of circumstances like relocation or deployment of a spouse, a military member may fall behind on payments of his or her debts. A person who is behind on payments may be viewed in the military as irresponsible, even when the person fully intends ... Read More »

I’m on Active Duty in San Diego But Deep in Debt. What Can We Do? – Andrew

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Andrew “Dear Steve, I am active duty and was stationed in San Diego and we dropped to one income and run up an extreme amount of debt (45,000). I am looking at options and wanted to file Chapter 13 but is it true that they take all of your disposable income? And if so is a debt reduction company a ... Read More »

In the Military, Out of the Country, Divorced and Deep in Debt. – Jamal

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“Dear Steve, I’m in the military serving overseas and have served 13 years. I recently divorced less than a year ago and I have a mountain of bills and debt. I tried to manage my money wisely but I’m in over my head. Please help! How can I get a debt consolidation loan to when my credit isnt in good ... Read More »

I Can’t Repay My Student Loans I Had When My Husband Was in the Military. – Debbie

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“Dear Steve, My husband was in the military and i went to college for almost 2yrs then he was deployed to europe, the family had to follow. i was unable to finish school. he then went off to the iraq war and got medically boarded out of the army. unfortunatley it took a toll on the family and we are ... Read More »

I Was in the Military, Got Out, and Ran Up Debt. – Carolyn

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“Dear Steve, I was in the military for a couple years, got used to plenty of extra spending money due to not having any rent or bills. I didn’t stop spending money once I got out so I ended up racking up the credit card bills. I’ve stoped using the cards for almost a year now so the spending isnt ... Read More »

My Son Was Stationed in Iraq And I Took Out a Credit Card in His Name That I Can’t Pay. – Veronica

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Veronica “Dear Steve, My son was stationed in Iraq a few years ago, and I had power of attorney. I took out a credit card in his name, with the intentions of establishing credit for him when he got out. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the debt remains unpaid, and my son is stuck with the bill. All I want is ... Read More »

My Wife and I Are in the Military and Need to Get a Consolidation Loan. – Andy

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I apologize in advance for the short response. I am currently away on vacation with limited internet but wanted to give you an answer as soon as possible. Steve Andy “Dear Steve, My Wife and I are in the Military and have 3 or 4 credit cards and a few loans. My wife had identify theft and we tried to ... Read More »

I Was in an Accident on a Military Base and Owe the Military Hospital $15,000. – Priscilla

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Priscilla “Dear Steve, I’ve always workd ed but about 3 years ago I lost my job and been struggling financially. I’ve worked dead end jobs since then but can ‘t seem to get out of the rut I’m in. About 3 years ago I was involved in a accident (personal) I was taken to a hospital on a military base, ... Read More »

I’ve Been Called Back to Active Duty in the Army. What Do I Do About My Car Payment and Bank Loans? – Larry

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Larry “Dear Steve, I have been called back to active duty. I do not make as much on active duty as I did on the civilian side. I am currently selling my house but even with it gone I don’t make enough to pay my car note and my bank loans. How do I fix this without bankrupcy or repositions? ... Read More »

Divorce Debt Mountain While Trying To Get Security Clearance – Robert

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“Dear Steve, I went through a divorce in 2004 and i was stuck with most of the bills. I am in the military and i am trying to get a security clear., but am having trouble due to all the bills that went past due and charged off from the divorce. I have paid on alot of the bills working ... Read More »

I Was In the Navy and Air Force and Now I Need to Get Debt Free? – Marilyn

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Marilyn “Hi Steve, I’m really deep in debt and don’t know how to start getting out of it. Every time I research an article thinking that it could be helpful, I get discouraged because I don’t think I can adjust it to my situation. Let me begin. When I got out of the Navy, I started receiving credit card offers, ... Read More »

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