Each week on “Buzzworthy Veterans,” our host Ant Stroud talks to veterans who have been doing Buzzworthy things around the community. This week, Ant sits down with Blace Albert from First Command.
Financial advisors at First Command coach those who serve in their pursuit of financial security. There are over 175 First Command offices worldwide, 74% of clients are active duty or retired/separated military, and 4 of 5 financial advisors served in the military.
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Short company description: Financial advisors at First Command coach those who serve in their pursuit of financial security. There are over 175 First Command offices worldwide, 74% of clients are active duty or retired/separated military, and 4 of 5 financial advisors served in the military.
What Branch of Service are you or were you in and for how long?: Retired from the Army on Jan 31 of this year after 29 years and 8 months of active duty service.
What is or was your job in the military?: Army Engineer
Why do you feel it’s important for people to know your business is a Veteran Owned business?: It is important to know the number of veterans working for First Command and that our mission is focused on helping our service members, because those who have served have a genuine concern for those serving. We can relate to their challenges and share our lessons learned from having experienced the same thing.
When leaving the service what was your biggest struggle?: Deciding what I wanted to do for a second career.
What resources for veterans did you find that helped you overcome that struggle?: Other veterans helped me. Also, a non-profit out of Charlotte (Patriot’s Path) was an excellent resource.
Brief description of what would you like to discuss on the show: The importance of speaking to a financial advisor to understand the things that the military doesn’t teach you about your Thrift Savings Program, the Blended Retirement System, insurance needs after you leave the military, or the Survivor Benefit Plan and the many other resources available in survivorship following a tragedy.