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September 23, 2013
By Elizabeth Jones

Elevating her profile as an advocate for military families, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is holding two round-table discussions Monday, Sep. 23 in the Greater Boston area to raise awareness of the possible scams targeting military families.

According to The Associated Press, the two events will be held at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, a Boston neighborhood, and at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass. The senator, who previously served as a professor at nearby Harvard Law School and special advisor to the secretary of treasury under President Obama, plans to meet with service members, veterans and their families to talk openly about the financial burdens they currently face, the news source reports. Several top officials will also join Warren, including Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Protecting military families from financial scams and other fiscal burdens, including pay reduction and benefits cuts, has become a major priority for Warren, whose website states that her three brothers served in the military, with her eldest brother being career military and a Vietnam War veteran.

"As a U.S. Senator, I will continue to do all I can to support service members, their families and veterans," Warren wrote on her website. "Our service members and military families contribute so much to our country - we owe them the best."

Due to their stable incomes and frequent moves of residency, military families have become easy targets for money scams, especially when renting or buying a home and purchasing a car, according to the Department of Defense. With the increasing pressure of the sequester and its impending budget cuts, military families need to be prepared for all possible financial risks. The DoD suggests that military families use its various resources educate and guard themselves against potential scams.