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Investor Education Foundation financial training offered for spouses

A fellowship program aimed at the financial education of military spouses is open for applicants.

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation's 2014 Military Spouse Fellowship Program will accept applications through April 18, according to a news release.

The fellowship provides the education and training needed to become an accredited financial counselor, with the hope of fostering careers for military spouses while maintaining financial readiness in military communities.

"In communities here at home and around the world, FINRA Foundation spouse fellows are helping military families build a brighter financial future," Gerri Walsh, the foundation president, said in the release. "This program fills a need on two fronts: helping military spouses foster their own careers and job marketability, and providing trained financial counselors who understand and can help address the unique challenges of military families."

More than 440 spouses have graduated from the program. They work as financial counselors at family readiness and support centers, credit counseling and tax centers, financial aid offices and credit unions, the release said.

The fellowship is open to current or surviving spouses of active-duty or retired Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps service members.

Applications are due by midnight April 18 and may be submitted at militaryspouseafcpe.org/application/.

brooksd@fayobserver.com

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