Pioneer Services' Military Spouse Finance Guide receives American Bankers Association award

Pioneer Services was recognized recently at the American Bankers Association (ABA) Financial Marketing Awards ceremony, receiving runner-up for its Military Spouse Finance Guide: Financial Advice for the Homefront. The book offers comprehensive financial education for military spouses, and was published last year. This is the second ABA award for Pioneer Services—the company won last year for its entire range of financial education materials.

Established in 1972, the ABA Awards recognize those who have displayed excellence in their financial materials, and are one of the most coveted awards in the financial services industry. Pioneer Services received the award in the financial education category, which recognizes those that work to educate customers on responsible and sound financial practices.

"Military spouses take care of the family and finances during their husbands' or wives' deployment, and really are the unsung heroes of the military," said Karen Von Der Bruegge, Chief Marketing Officer of Pioneer Services. "We're honored to provide them with information that can help them throughout their military and civilian lives, and to have that information recognized as being the best in the banking industry."

The book was based on two years of research, and included input from military spouses, industry experts, and Pioneer Services associates. Available for sale on and Barnes and Noble's site, Pioneer Services has also distributed thousands of free copies of the book to military families. It has been featured in several media outlets, and its website,, offers more information about the book, testimonials praising its content, and a free chapter on debt prioritization.

"We've been providing free financial education to military families for several years, and know it has helped thousands take control of their finances," said Von Der Bruegge. "Being recognized by the ABA for our continuing efforts is a great honor, and reaffirms our commitment to helping educate the military community."

Past recipients of the ABA awards include Wells Fargo, ING Direct, M&T Bank, Capital One, Bank of America, and Commerce Bank of Kansas City, Mo.