The Navy Student Loan Repayment Program is Awesome

The U.S. Navy offers service members a proud and venerable tradition, having patrolled the seas since its inception in 1775. Almost 250 years later, the Navy still offers its sailors a remarkable life experience, a chance to serve the country, and a host of benefits that make life somewhat easier for military personnel. One perk … Read more

The Navy Tells Jonathan to Contact Me For Advice

Dear Steve, I’m a 30-year-old married man, 2 children. My wife lost her six-figure-a-year job in real estate. Since then, we have lost two homes to foreclosure, 1 vehicle repossessed, and 15 major credit cards maxed out and not paid for 2 yrs+. Everything is in the collection. We have about $1.2 million in unpaid … Read more

DOD Purposes Lending Rule Change to Protect Military Families From Abusive Interest Rates

The Department of Defense is proposing changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) to extend financial protections for military members and in turn, their families. The MLA limits the amount of interest that a creditor may charge on “consumer credit” to a maximum annual Military Annual Percentage Rate (MAPR) of 36 percent. Not that it’s … Read more

I’m in Dire Need of a Debt Consolidation Loan. Lending Club Turned Me Down. – Kevin

“Dear Steve, I am in dire need of a debt consilidation loan. I applied with Lending Club and did not get approved due to my credit score. I am in the military and im able to afford a consilidated payment i just need to be approved. Do you have any advice what so ever? Kevin” … Read more

I’m in the Navy. How Can I Tackle Private Student Loans in Default. – Theresa

“Dear Steve, I graduated from college in 2006 with a BA and then enlisted in the Navy. I have been in the service now for 6 and a half years. I have about $116,000 in private student loans that are in default. I don’t make enough money to take care of my living expenses and … Read more

Retired From the Navy and Now Can’t Sleep Because of Our Debt. – Elio

“Dear Steve, I am so glad to have come across your website. I am presently in a situation for which I need help. I have recently retired from the Navy. Unfortunately my income has dropped by approximately 70% and my expenditures have increased, i.e. monthly co payment/deductibles for Health/Dental insurance. I thought I could manage … Read more

I’m a Navy Veteran and Need Your Advice to Become Debt Free. – Amanda

26 y/o female, Navy enlisted four year veteran. 5500 dollars in personal credit card and loan debt. 1100 dollars worth of bills every month (636 towards car, insurance etc. monthly bills towards debt are 464). 1600 dollars a month income approximately 9 months out of the year from GI Bill. Unemployed. No savings. I was … Read more

When I Was in the Navy Someone Used My Name and Social Security Number to Buy a Bowflex. – Roberto

Someone used my name and I’m now getting informed about me owing for a bowflex that I never ordered and I didn’t even live at the State it was sent to. I have been in the Navy since 2003 to 2007 towards the end of my enlistment someone used my social and ordered a Bowflex … Read more

How the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act Can Help You

Service personnel experience financial difficulties that are unique and need special attention. Fortunately, there are special laws to help them cope and this article discusses their rights and protections under the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. §§ 501 et seq. What is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act? The Soldiers’ and … Read more

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

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 … Read more