New microlearning tool to help combat financial stress for military families

WASHINGTON, Oct. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Financial stress among service members and their families can impact military readiness. To help combat that stress, The USAA Educational Foundation has developed a revolutionary microlearning tool designed to help service members and their families better prepare for and manage the unique financial challenges they may face.

The USAA Educational Foundation’s Command Your Cash™ Microlearning Center is being unveiled this week at the Association of the U.S. Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, one of the largest military expositions in the U.S. During the conference, thousands of active-duty service members, military family members, top military officials, and military serving organizations will be introduced to the Microlearning Center.

The Microlearning Center transfers knowledge to learners through the use of short videos on specific financial topics, followed by brief assessments. The free tool is optimized for mobile devices, enabling users to engage in the lessons anytime, anywhere, and at a self-selected pace.

The lessons conveyed will help military families create a budget and follow a spending plan, build a solid credit reputation, responsibly manage debt, and build an emergency fund. These are the first steps to maintaining long-term financial readiness.

“Financial stress is a reality for many service members and their families,” said Army veteran Steve Finley, executive director of The USAA Educational Foundation. “We believe this new tool, along with the other components of our Command Your Cash™ Program, can help bolster military family resiliency.”

The USAA Educational Foundation’s Command Your Cash™ Program serves as an ecosystem of free financial readiness materials, tools and resources available to the military community. In addition to the Microlearning Center, service members can also visit to access printed materials, infographics, online articles and worksheets as well as a face-to-face Financial Readiness Presentation that covers the basics of personal financial management.

The USAA Educational Foundation contracted with New York-based Grovo to develop the Microlearning Center. Grovo’s microlearning methodology and technology uses the process of building successful behaviors through small, focused steps and real-world practice to help people continually develop the skills and habits they need to succeed.

During AUSA, representatives from The USAA Educational Foundation will host demos and sign up service members for free access to the Microlearning Center at booth 3231. The USAA Educational Foundation is also sponsoring and speaking during AUSA’s Military Family Forum II on Tuesday, October 4, which is focused on helping military families prepare for a life in or outside of the Army.

The Command Your Cash™ Microlearning Center is currently open for registration and use by active duty, Reserve and Guard service members. To learn more about the Command Your Cash™ Microlearning Center and register for access, visit

The USAA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization focused on leading and inspiring actions that improve financial readiness in the military and local community. Its financial education resources are free and available at The USAA Educational Foundation does not endorse or promote any commercial supplier, product or service.

Grovo combines beautiful technology and engaging content to deliver a better way to learn. The heart of Grovo’s approach is microlearning -- bite-sized video lessons, exercises and real-world practice delivered in the right way, at the right time. From digital skills to leadership training, Grovo teaches people the behaviors to be extraordinary at what they do, on a platform that learners and trainers love. Founded in 2010, Grovo has delivered more than 15 million learning moments at organizations in over 190 countries. Learn more at

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Source:The USAA Educational Foundation