FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profile - Margo Kucsera
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"It's been so rewarding working with the military community and helping them see that they can manage their finances on their own, even if they didn't think they could."
As part of the military community for more than 20 years and a native of Scotland, Margo Kucsera and her family have moved to and from Europe several times over the course of her husband's career. With her children grown and settled, she is now focused on her career and helping the military community.
Margo had been working at the Family Readiness Center at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, helping servicemembers with their tax returns, until recently accepted to the 2011 class of the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program. She's now interning at the Family Readiness Center to gain her practicum hours and looking to broaden her skill set.
"Working in taxes is mostly seasonal employment. The accreditation will help me qualify for more opportunities, and allow me to be more marketable when applying for more full time positions."
With a background in accounting, Margo had always been interested in personal finance. She's been using her skills to work with military families and is interested in continuing on that path.
"It's been so rewarding working with the military community and helping them see that they can manage their finances on their own, even if they didn't think they could," Margo said. "With the accreditation, I can provide even more help to those who need it."
Giving back is an important aspect of Margo's goals for the future. She believes that if you learn how to do something, it's best to pay it forward.
"When someone calls to help I generally say, 'We can help you out, but come on in and we'll walk through it together.' And before you know it, they are becoming volunteers to help others at the Readiness Center," Margo said.
Because of her background in taxes, Margo has realized over the years things are only as complicated as you make them. The best way to help military families manage their finances is to give them the tools and resources to be self-sufficient.
"There are so many resources out there, like SaveAndInvest.org, where servicemembers can go and learn how to do things on their own, such as building budgets or keeping track of spending," Margo said. "I want to make sure we're giving them access to those tools so they can become self-sufficient and then it's one less thing they have to worry about."