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MidCountry Bank's military banking division wins 2009 AFCPE award.
Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education recognizes financial education.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (12-01-09) The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) recently recognized the financial education program of MidCountry Bank's military banking division, Pioneer Services, as one of the best in the nation, awarding it the winner of the "Outstanding Consumer Information" category in AFCPE's annual award program. The AFCPE awards honor those organizations that provide superior financial education materials that are innovative and timely, and provide a depth and breadth of information.

With the economy struggling, it is more important than ever for families to take control of their money—especially military families who are facing deployment—and the best way to take control is through comprehensive financial education. Pioneer Services' program offers a wealth of materials on a variety of topics, and having professional financial counselors and educators recognize it shows just how effective it is.

The AFCPE award is the fourth award that the military banking division of MidCountry bank has received for its financial education materials: the American Bankers Association (ABA) honored the company in 2008 for its entire program, while in 2009 the ABA and Institute for Financial Literacy both recognized the company's book, the Military Spouse Finance Guide: Financial Advice for the Homefront.

For more information about Pioneer Services, the military banking division of MidCountry Bank, please visit www.pioneerservices.com.