Expo helps DoD workforce prepare for upcoming furlough Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Sherry Neal, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital chief of clinical dietics, explains some of the programs offered by the hospital at the Government Employee Financial Resiliency Expo at Nutter Field House Friday.
Story and photo by Melissa Buckley
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The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood leadership and staff hosted a Government Employee Financial Resiliency Friday at Nutter Field House — 575 people took advantage of the expo.  

With sequester furloughs slated to begin next month, the purpose was to provide employees with resources that are available on Fort Leonard Wood, as well as resources in the community that will be helpful.

“I hope the attendees took away information that will not only help them through this difficult time, but also assist in increasing a better quality of life by just knowing that there is help for them within Fort Leonard Wood as well as in the community,” said Liz Harris, Employee Assistance Program coordinator. “Also, to know that command and management is aware of the impact the furlough will have on them and their Families and were very supportive of this event.”

Services at the expo were: financial planning, nutritional and budgeting ideas, information on how to deal with stress, self-help how to workshops, energy tips and summer activities that are free on Fort Leonard Wood.

“Sometimes people shy away from asking for help for whatever reason and many times are not aware of the available resources that they have access to that probably can help them through this difficult time,” Harris said.

At the Mid Missouri Credit Union booth the staff was offering assistance during the furlough period in the form of personal assistance loans, waived penalties and interest only payments, just to name a few.

Brittani Clabaugh, Mid Missouri Credit Union marketing representative, said people just have to do is bring in their furlough letter for help.

“We have put this in place to help our members through the furlough,” Clabaugh said. “But you don’t even have to be a member for the furlough assistance if you want to bring your loans to us. And our credit score enhancement will guide you and let you know what your options are.”

Guy Robinson, Tactical Radiation Department instructor, said he is not looking forward to being furloughed, but the expo has made him feel a little more prepared.

“My wife is out of work, so the furlough is going to hurt,” Robinson said.     

“I’m interested in the car loan help at Mid Missouri Credit Union and the Good Samaritan for help with food and clothes. It makes me feel pretty good that we have places to get help.”

Harris wished more employees could have made it to the expo, but she was thankful for the ones that did attend.

“I want to thank all the participants that took time out of their busy schedule to make this a successful event and the individuals that assisted in putting this together,” Harris said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2013 )