How Credit Unions Are Supporting Troops

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SAN ANTONIO-San Antonio Federal Credit Union (SACU) has unveiled the "SACU Wall of Honor" as a tribute to active duty military personnel who are SACU employees or members of employees' families. The Wall of Honor is in the lobby of the SACU's main branch. A photo of each military member in uniform is on the wall, with name, rank, military affiliation and relationship to the SACU employee.

Bobbie Ferguson, an employee and mother of an active duty Airman, requested that SACU consider some kind of tribute to our service men and women, and with other SACU co-workers created the Wall.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.-Service CU said it is offering free video-conferencing to anyone with family members in the military. The credit union has video conferencing capabilities at its corporate offices, as well as at its Overseas Division Headquarters in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Anyone who has a family member in the military and would like to communicate via video conferencing is welcome to do so, the credit union said. "Service Credit Union is proud of its military roots," said Service CU President Gordon Simmons.

FT. WORTH, Texas-The Arlington Navy Mother's Club #984 has set up a special account at OmniAmerican CU to accept donations to aid deployed service men and women from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The purpose is to assist those deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Several radio stations and a number of other companies in the Metroplex have announced their support. OmniAmerican started the account with a $10,000 donation to "Operation Care Package."

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-Alaska USA FCU honored Alaska military representatives at a breakfast here in conjunction with Alaska's annual salute to the military. The breakfast, which was attended by over 50 people, recognized outstanding enlisted personnel of the year. Honored were representatives from the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves.The group was joined by Alaska's lieutenant governor, and senior leaders from the armed services. This year was the sixth year the credit union has sponsored the event.

MALRBOROUGH, Mass.- The Massachusetts league has "adopted" the 804th Medical Brigade in Iraq. John Szafranski, whose wife Francesca is part of the league's Audit Services Department, serves in the unit. The league subsidized the first two shipments of 40 care packages sent to Mr. Szafranksi for the troops.

League staff coordinated the effort and sought donations from local companies. Staples in Westborough donated 40 shipping boxes.

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