Marketplace Money for Weekend of Feb. 21-22, 2009

Episode Description 

Web Only: Inside Obama's housing plan

President Barack Obama's $275 billion plan to help the housing market is projected to help almost 9 million homeowners. But what exactly is in the plan? Host Tess Vigeland discusses it with Nicolas Retsinas of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Injured, but still stickin' with the Army

Army Sgt. Angel Herrera drove trucks for an engineering unit in Afghanistan until serious wounds from a rocket-propelled grenade ended her tour of duty. But she's not ready to give up her stripes.
Posted In: Jobs

He's not leaving any soldier behind

Patrick Sowers found a good job with higher pay and less work than he'd known as an Army sergeant. That bothered him. He's been paying back ever since, to the benefit of thousands of people in uniform.
Posted In: Jobs

She's a veteran of charities' pleas

Yvonne Oppenheimer's brother couldn't say no to charities claiming to raise money for veterans. Now, even though he's deceased, the solicitations keep coming. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Charity, Jobs

The wrong dress blues for this Marine

"Jarhead" author Anthony Swofford recalls how, despite needing to save money for college, he just couldn't schlep deep dish in the desert while still a member of the world's most elite fighting force.
Posted In: Jobs

Paying a big price for military service

When duty called, chiropractor Daniel Bordelon didn't turn his back. The Army National Guard colonel, who nearly drowned in Hurricane Katrina, gave up his practice at a huge loss to serve in rebuilding New Orleans.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Jobs

'I will take care of my son'

When members of the Armed Forces are seriously wounded, their families and friends face putting aside their own careers and goals to lend support. Jeff Tyler reports on the impact of a soldier's injury on his mother and sister's bottom line.
Posted In: Jobs

Ex-military in step with middle class

About half of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II parlayed their active duty into a middle-class civilian life. Can today's military personnel anticipate a similar future? Tess Vigeland asked military sociology professor David Segal.
Posted In: Jobs

Getting personal finances ship shape

The branches of the military consider financial fitness as important as physical training. About three years ago the Navy ramped up its financial counseling service. Tess Vigeland visited the San Diego Naval Base to see how it works.
Posted In: Jobs, Savings

Do combat personnel get fair pay?

Michael O'Hanlon at the Brookings Institution estimates the U.S. has spent more than $400,000 per troop in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, Tess Vigeland asks, is the pay in line with the duty?

Savings in store for sailors, Marines

While visiting the San Diego Naval Base, Marketplace Money stopped in at the Navy Exchange where products are discount-priced to set sale.
Posted In: Retail

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