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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readiness Center - Personal Financial Management Counseling
5355 Granite Street
Tucson, AZ 85707
Resources are available to help you understand and manage your finances, including one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family with financial readiness. Services are designed to focus on money management issues throughout your active-duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic planning to long-term investing. Check out the information below to see what’s available at your installation.
Personal Financial Management Program and Economic Readiness Support
The Personal Financial Readiness counselors at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is ready to assist you with your finances through two programs.
First, the Personal Financial Management Program can help you develop a budget to prepare you for your new costs here, get you back on financial track or provide a means to save more money than you are right now. Classes are also held on a regular basis for budgeting, car buying, investments, credit/debt management and the Thrift Savings Plan. Education can be provided for home buying and selling.
Second, if you find yourself with a legitimate financial emergency, you may be eligible for a loan through the Air Force Aid Society (official charity of the AF). Assistance can also be provided through Army Emergency Relief and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society when those from our sister services need assistance. Financial emergencies are typically for basic living expenses, out-of-pocket medical expenses (not reimbursed by Tricare), and emergency travel. Apply online at: https://afas.org
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Emergency Financial Assistance may be provided by the Air Force Aid Society via the A&FRC. To apply for a emergency financial loan go to: https://afas.org
If requesting a loan over $1K, a budget is required as well as 1Sgt endorsement.
Emergency assistance is typically approved for basic living expenses such as rent or utilities, childcare, medical or dental care not reimbursed by Tricare emergency travel, car repairs, pay issues, disasters, pet travel PCS OCONUS, emergency pet surgery/treatment, ect.
The Air Force Aid Officer stands ready to assist. E-mail: 355FSS.FSH.AFRC@us.af.mil or call 520-228-5690 for questions.