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Resource Fair supports Guardsmens’ financial wellness

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Young and Senior Airman Adrian Hamilton, both with the 151st Air Refueling Wing, fill out questionnaires for the USAA representative at a resource fair for members of the Utah Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City Utah, May 4, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Jeremy Giacoletto-Stegall)(RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Young and Senior Airman Adrian Hamilton, both with the 151st Air Refueling Wing, fill out questionnaires for the USAA representative at a resource fair for members of the Utah Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City Utah, May 4, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Jeremy Giacoletto-Stegall)(RELEASED)

SALT LAKE CITY -- This year's Resource Fair featured gaining and maintaining financial wellness for Guardsmen. The fair, held May 4, was attended by financial institutions, colleges, and Guard and veteran assistance groups in an effort to provide members with financial planning and assistance.

Jill Lukes, 151st Air Refueling Wing Family Readiness Coordinator, said financial resiliency is a priority for Airmen and their families.

"The goal is to give servicemembers and their families good information regarding their financial ability," said Lukes.

Senior Airman Adrian Hamilton, Resource Advisor with 151st Logistics Readiness Squadron, said he attended the fair for financial guidance, but he came away with more than just that.

"I came looking for more financial options," he said. "The Heroes to Hired booth had a lot of good information too, though."

Audrey Thompson, a former Guardsman with the 109th Air Control Squadron, represented USAA as a military financial liaison. She said her goal was to make sure servicemembers knew what USAA offered to them regarding financial planning and assistance.

"I hope that if members find themselves in financial challenges, they will take a minute to call us," she said. "We can't give them a pay raise, but we can help them budget and analyze what they have to see if they're getting the most out of it."

Lukes said she hoped members were able to gain helpful information, and that she appreciates the support of those that attended.

"I hope that members got a lot of great tools for success in anything that they're doing with their families," said Lukes.