May 25, 2012

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On this Memorial weekend, lots of us will gather for hot dogs, hamburgers and beer. But of course, the weekend is about much more than backyard barbecues. It's about military service and sacrifice. We're spending a little time with the…

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On this Memorial weekend, lots of us will gather for hot dogs, hamburgers and beer. But of course, the weekend is about much more than backyard barbecues. It’s about military service and sacrifice. We’re spending a little time with the military and learning about how Marines at Camp Pendleton are themselves learning financial literacy. We’ll also hear from military spouses about the financial challenges they face as husbands and wives deploy to war. And perspective from one of the country’s five million long-term unemployed as she struggles to break out of the cycle of joblessness.