Mrs. Holly Petraeus Celebrates Military Saves Week, Texas Style

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BBB Military Line® Director, Mrs. Petraeus, Promotes Military Financial Readiness Statewide

Mrs. Holly Petraeus, Director of BBB Military Line, educates military servicemen and women

We encourage our military men and women to save money, spend wisely and spend with businesses they can trust. I think the state of Texas loves its military personnel, so Central Texas was a perfect place to launch and celebrate a new curriculum like this.

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BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas is proud to celebrate the success of Military Saves Week 2010. Celebrating the launch of a new national financial readiness curriculum designed to assist servicemen and women in planning for retirement, BBB Military Line Director, Mrs. Holly Petraeus, conducted over 20 events in 4 Texas cities during the week of February 21 – 28, 2010.

“We encourage our military men and women to save money, spend wisely and spend with businesses they can trust,” said Mrs. Petraeus. “I think the state of Texas loves its military personnel, so Central Texas was a perfect place to launch and celebrate a new curriculum like this for our servicemembers.”

Mrs. Petraeus made appearances with media, business and community organizations as well as military installations throughout Central and Coastal Texas. Her travels culminated in a reception attended by community leaders, elected officials and an overwhelming number of esteemed military servicemen and women. Dignitaries in attendance included Texas State Representative Joe Farias, Brigadier General Joyce L. Stevens, and John Henry McDonald, chairman and founder of Austin Asset Management Company, among others.

“It is tough not to be moved to tears as a patriotic American surrounded by so many military members in one room,” said Carrie A. Hurt, President and CEO of BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas. “Mrs. Petraeus brings increased awareness to what BBB Military Line stands for and it was great to see such support during Military Saves Week.”

Mrs. Petraeus unveiled the new BBB Military Line class “Investing for Retirement” to soldiers at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Fort Hood in Killeen and Camp Mabry in Austin during her week in Texas. This new curriculum is just one of a growing number of free financial readiness resources BBB offers to military servicemembers nationwide.

“[The program] was very well-received and you would be proud to see the work going into serving our servicemen and women,” said Brigadier General Joyce L. Stevens, Assistant Adjutant General - Army, and Commander, Texas National Guard.

Special consideration for Mrs. Petraeus’ week in Central and Coastal Texas was provided by BBB Education Foundation, Kusch Financial Group, Fort Hood National Bank, Austin Asset Management Company, McLane Advanced Technologies and Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP.

“Supporting this program is just one small way for us to show our gratitude toward our military and repay the debt of their service by investing in their future financial goals,” said Eric Hehman, CFP and Chief Executive Officer of Austin Asset Management Company.

For more information on BBB Military Line and to check the reliability of a company, visit http://www.bbb.org.

About BBB Military Line:
As a partner in the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaign, BBB Military Line brings FREE BBB services to military members and their families to improve their financial literacy and protect them from scams. BBB Military Line provides specialized education and support services, which meets the needs of active and retired military personnel and their families. With our Memorandum of Understanding encompassing all branches of military, this vital program reaches service members across the United States and overseas.

About Austin Asset Management Company:

Austin Asset Management Company – a Texas tradition in private wealth management for more than 22 years – provides fee-only, customized financial planning and asset management for individuals, families and institutional clients. Based in Austin, Texas, Austin Asset Management manages more than $340 million in assets and services both regional and national clients. Using a team of certified specialists to deliver tailored solutions, Austin Asset Management Company acts as a catalyst to help clients realize their financial goals through strategic planning and wealth management. Its mission is to build endearing relationships based on honesty and expert counsel for enduring wealth. Its credo is: When only the truth will do.

To learn more about Austin Asset Management Company, visit http://www.austinassetmanagement.com.

About BBB Education Foundation:
BBB Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) arm of BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas. BBB Education Foundation's mission is to strengthen community trust through education, outreach and scam prevention. BBB Education Foundation contributions are tax deductible as a charitable gift, IRS number 74-2367865, DUSN number 832943760.

About BBB:
BBB's mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating marketplace role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.

Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization's high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities.

Contact BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas at (512) 445-4748.

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