As we honor our nation’s Independence Day, we are reminded of the many sacrifices service members and their families make to protect it. First Bank has highlighted seven financial tips to help make the lives of military families a little easier. Military families do an incredible service for this country. The nature of their jobs is inherently stressful – but financial stress shouldn’t be part of it. First Bank would like to offer the following tips to help service members pave the way toward a strong financial future: Contribute to a Thrift Savings Plan. Military members have access to the Federal Thrift Savings Program, which offers the lowest-cost retirement-savings plan available. Have automatic contributions withdrawn from your paycheck. Plan for deployment. Before deploying, have a conversation with your family about managing the household budget. Consider granting power of attorney to your spouse, should they need to make any urgent financial decisions while you are gon ...