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CUs among the build brigade for Minnesota vets home
WOODBURY, Minn. (6/27/08)--Hundreds of volunteers from local credit unions, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Republican National Convention staff, the National Journal Group and the St. Paul Building Trades Council gathered Thursday to construct a new home for injured Iraq war veteran Sgt. Marcus Kuboy in Woodbury, Minn.
Volunteers spread sand to build a home for injured Iraq war veteran Sgt. Marcus Kuboy during the Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade Thursday in Woodbury, Minn. From left are: Richard Gose, Credit Union National Association senior vice president of political affairs; Maria Cino, president/CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention; and Mark Cummins, president/CEO of the Minnesota Credit Union Network. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
The project is part of the Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade. Homes for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that builds homes for wounded soldiers. It is supported by the credit union movement. CUNA and the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) are helping coordinate the project and raising funds for the effort. Volunteers will spend the weekend building the home. It will be specially adapted for Kuboy, 30, at no cost to his family and will be presented to him during the Republican National Convention. “People helping people is a fundamental credit union philosophy and this project is a great way for us to put our philosophy into action,” said Dan Mica, CUNA president/CEO. “Whether they are here in person volunteering their time or helping with fundraising efforts nationwide, our credit unions and their members are honored to participate in this special effort on behalf of a very deserving soldier.” “Owning your own home is the American dream and we are proud to be able to help make this dream a reality for Kuboy,” added Mark Cummins, MnCUN president/CEO. “This project allows credit unions in Minnesota and across the country to express their support of the sacrifices made by our military.” Ground was broken for the home in April. “Now we have the privilege of installing the doors, assembling the windows and building the roof with the generous help of the Kuboys’ new neighbors and friends,” said Suzanne Clark, president, National Journal Group. Kuboy was injured in March 2007 when an improvised explosive device detonated under the vehicle in which he was riding. A similar project in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention took place June 20-22 in Golden, Colo.
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