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Military Leaders Economic Security Toolkit

This toolkit helps leaders and service providers support the economic security of service members.


Economic Security Supports Military Readiness

A military family's economic security is critical to mission readiness. This toolkit helps define economic security issues and provides tools and resources to help you support your service members.

Know the Issues Affecting Our Service Members

Housing Availability

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The current hot housing market is impacting many military families. Those relocating are facing rising rents and home prices, paying out of pocket for temporary lodging, waiting longer for on-base housing and paying more per month than their housing allowance covers.

Affording Housing

Help others understand their housing allowances and find affordable housing in the current market.

Finding Housing

There are many resources to assist service members with finding suitable housing.

Expenses During PCS Transition

Before they PCS, alert your service members to this helpful benefit.

Food Security

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Food security is having access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Food security is critical for overall health and well-being, and peak service member performance. Learn how to quickly assess food insecurity.

What Leaders Need To Know

Information on food insecurity in the military can get you on the fast track to help those in your command.

Learn How to Identify Food Insecurity

Our leader card get can you asking the right questions to determine who is at risk.

Food Security Resources and Programs

Quickly connect at-risk military families with food resources, with help from the Community Resource Finder.

Financial Well-Being

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Financial well-being is when a person can fully meet current and ongoing financial obligations, can feel secure in their financial future, and is able to make choices that allow enjoyment of life.


There are four elements to financial well-being. Do you know them all?

Identifying Economic Concerns

Talking to your service members about financial security can help ensure mission readiness.

Helpful Financial Tools

Quickly find how you can enhance your service members’ financial well-being.

Additional Information to Help Service Members

Check out the resources and tools at your fingertips to help military families bolster their economic security. Whether it's helping them with financial well-being, housing availability or food security, the information below provides a great start.

Additional Housing Availability Information

Additional Food Security Information

Additional Financial Well-Being Information


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