MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Financial Literacy Center Hosts Interactive Panel Discussion to Educate San Diegans About Veteran Owned Businesses

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Financial Literacy Center Hosts Interactive Panel Discussion to Educate San Diegans About Veteran Owned Businesses
September, 2015 Client News
WHAT: San Diego Financial Literacy Center (SDFLC) will host a free, interactive lunch and learn panel to help San Diegans Enhance their Financial IQ. Event attendees will be able to network and learn about veteran owned businesses and their impact on the San Diego economy. The informative panel, moderated by George Chamberlin will include a factoring specialist, a veteran business owner, a banking executive and a representative from the Small Business Association.

The event will culminate with a special presentation of the organization’s Boost For Our Heroes award. The Boost For Our Heroes program provides one deserving military constituent each quarter with a $3,000 “boost” to help them in times of financial hardship. Please see details on the Boost awardee below under the Visual/Spokesperson section.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 – 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

BEST TIME TO COVER: 12:45 p.m. – Boost For Our Heroes check presentation

WHERE: National University (Spectrum Center Campus)

    9388 Lightwave Ave.
    San Diego, Calif. 92123
    The event will be held in Room 118
    Parking is available in the front of building.

 The mission of the San Diego Financial Literacy Center is to educate and empower individuals and families to make sound financial decisions and develop positive, personal finance habits for life. Boost For Our Heroes, one of the three core programs of the organization, provides financial assistance and education designed to directly benefit military members and their families. This program is geared towards active duty, transitioning and veteran military members. Each quarter, an impartial panel selects one constituent who will be awarded a $3,000 stipend due to a financial hardship(s).

  • Event attendees networking and taking part in the interactive lunch and learn event
  • Brad Pagano, co-founder and managing director, SDFLC
  • Felipe Arevalo, community outreach coordinator, SDFLC. He is fluent in Spanish.
  • Boost For Our Heroes check presentation ceremony
  • Boost For Our Heroes awardee, David Brannon

David Brannon is a 43-year-old retired Marine. He was medically discharged in 2007 after a 16-year U.S. Marine Corps career that included multiple combat tours and overseas deployments. Injured during special operations training in Japan, he is now unable to work and living on small fixed income all while supporting three children: a son in high school and two daughters in college.

After his injury and medical release, his wife divorced him and he went through a period of addiction to painkillers after spinal surgery. Now four years sober, he goes quarterly to the VA to receive epidural type injections into his spine to assist with the permanent nerve damage and physical limitations as a result of his injury. While at the VA he struck up a conversation with another veteran, Anne Marie Conte, a SDFLC constituent and financial education recipient. Conte is employed by Habitat for Humanity, one of SDFLC’s community partners. He enrolled in their Building for the Brave program and was subsequently referred to SDFLC for financial assistance. SDFLC’s guidance and support will allow him to pay down his debt faster and the money he will receive as a Boost for Our Heroes recipient will go towards the closing costs of his soon-to-be new home. Brannon needs a new home with a room on the ground floor because of his disability and the fact he has trouble with stairs; occasionally falling down. SDFLC is proud to work with this deserving vet to help him achieve the dream of owning a home to call his own.

About San Diego Financial Literacy Center
Founded in 2014, the San Diego Financial Literacy Center (SDFLC) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, which provides education and empowerment tools to San Diegans to Enhance their Financial IQ and to help them make smarter decisions with their money.

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center (SDFLC) is the go-to organization for financial literacy and education. The SDFLC serves three main demographics: military, youth, and low-to-moderate income families through three core programs: Boost For Our Heroes, Wave of The Future, and Smart With Your Money. They provide services across three key areas: financial literacy, debt management, and credit counseling. The services are available at no cost. For more information, to volunteer or donate, please visit or call (858) 810-7007. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.