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    Military Financial Wellness Supports Mental Health and Well-Being

    Military Financial Wellness Supports Mental Health and Well-Being

    Rosemary Williams is a specialist executive at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She previously served as assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs and as deputy assistant secretary of defense for community and family policy at the Department of Defense. Her work with military families and veterans follows a broadcast journalism career, during which she received numerous awards, including an Emmy Award for her coverage of 9/11 on .

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    In 2014, a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant stationed at the Defense Department's Military OneSource contact center in Okinawa, , sought help for two of his corporals, each of whom had outstanding loans for $500 from a predatory lender. Both had met their payments, totaling $1,500, and yet each still owed another $500.

    This sort of thing is sadly common, despite it being illegal to charge more than 6% for any financial loan to a service member, thanks to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). As deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy (DASD MC&FP), I knew help was available to extract the corporals from the debacle, albeit after the damage was done.

    While…

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