Quality of life issues andinability to find child care meant female servicemembers were morelikely to miss out on military retirement benefits. (Photo:Shutterstock)

In case you thought that the U.S. Coast Guard was the onlybranch of the military worried about their financial status,and that only because of the recent partial government shutdown, you'd be mistaken.

The latest Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey results, incollaboration with Syracuse University's Institute for Veteran andMilitary Families, finds that, far from feeling secure about agovernment paycheck, financial issues/stress was the top stressorfor military families for the first time.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.