Feb 20, 2009

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Savings in store for sailors, Marines

Feb 20, 2009
While visiting the San Diego Naval Base, Marketplace Money stopped in at the Navy Exchange where products are discount-priced to set sale.
The Navy Exchange in San Diego is a discount department store just for military members and their families.
Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

Do combat personnel get fair pay?

Feb 20, 2009
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?
Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution
Brookings Institution

Getting personal finances ship shape

Feb 20, 2009
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.
Members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard take classes to become command finance specialists. The Navy requires a finance specialist for every 75 sailors.
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Ex-military in step with middle class

Feb 20, 2009
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.

'I will take care of my son'

Feb 20, 2009
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…

Paying a big price for military service

Feb 20, 2009
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.

The wrong dress blues for this Marine

Feb 20, 2009
"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.

She's a veteran of charities' pleas

Feb 20, 2009
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.

He's not leaving any soldier behind

Feb 20, 2009
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.
Patrick Sowers writes a $700 check at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, to help an Army private recently returned from Iraq get back to his family in Arizona.
Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

Injured, but still stickin' with the Army

Feb 20, 2009
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.
Army Sgt. Angel Herrera with her husband, David. Sgt. Herrera was seriously wounded in Afghanistan in September 2008.
Tess Vigeland / Marketplace

Web Only: Inside Obama's housing plan

Feb 20, 2009
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…
Nic Retsinas, director of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.
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