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David Winfrey was one of the excellent panelists at our recent military financial workshop in San Antonio. David is a financial counselor at Fort Sam Houston. He has a passion to help wounded warriors with the challenges they face. David says his clients were “sailing along and then there was a shipwreck... often they are on a rudderless raft, floating with the current… My immediate goal is to get them into a boat where they are rowing toward a goal.”

Many servicemembers find it disorienting to leave the military. For one thing, civilians have no chain of command to make decisions. Wounded warriors must overcome that, plus the fact that their transition is unexpected and they’re recovering from serious injuries. Some don't immediately prioritize getting their financial house in order, but David counsels them about the importance of having the skills to navigate their financial future. He stresses that "goal-setting is part of the healing process." Having a goal can change a client’s outlook from feeling overwhelmed to being energized with a plan for the future.

When a servicemember asks him to "do a budget for them,” David explains that the budget is a map that requires their active involvement to make it a success. “I can't possibly plan a trip when everyone has a different destination,” he says. David finds that transitioning personnel may not have realistic expectations of how much money they'll make as civilians and how much they'll need to live. He makes it a priority to show the servicemembers he counsels how to set a path during military service for a successful post-service financial future.

Thanks, David, for sharing your experience with us in San Antonio. And stay tuned – we’re gearing up for our next military financial conference, this time in Los Angeles on September 7. Check out the agenda and watch the webcast.

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so sorry for the difficulties the veterans are encountering - thank you David for helping them in their struggle - now if the government could develop s program like you are using more veterans might be able to recover

Being permanent and totally disabled/ unnemployable, doesn't make my life easier. I have a daughter who is autistic, my wife can't work because she has to drive my daughter everywhere ,not to mention taking care of her needs. If the gov't thinks that 3300.00 month is enough to feed, pay rene,pay electric, buy clothes is alot, the gov't is missed up.I graduated from Fordham University and now I can't work to feel a little secure, why can't they raise the monthly amount so people like us can live like human beings.

My Dad was in the Navy. Well documented on memorials. I am his daughter and want to know how I can help. He received his Navy burial that he deserved. Fought in many wars. My mom also received a burial at sea. Honored that they were my parents but all I have is a box with shell casings a map and a video of them spreading ther ashes. I have little money but so want to help. Have to keep wiping my tears. I just don't want to help wounded warriors I want to help the ones forgotten on the steet! What can I do!? Respectively, Karen

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