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CUs host holiday webcasts for troops families
SAN DIMAS, Calif. (10/28/09)--Families with loved ones stationed overseas in the military can send holiday greetings through the credit union-supported Operation Best Wishes program, which kicked off Monday and will continue for eight weeks.
Western Corporate FCU (WesCorp) is again sponsoring Operation Best Wishes so families and individuals can send greetings to family stationed overseas in the military. Here, Joe Keller (left) of WesCorp, adjusts a video camera to record a video greeting at Langley FCU, Newport News, Va., where the program launched Monday. (Photo provided by Western Corporate FCU)
The program was launched at Langley FCU in Newport News, Va. Western Corporate FCU (WesCorp) of San Dimas, Calif., has a team that will travel nationwide to visit 17 credit unions in 15 states to help family members send greetings. A record number of credit unions are participating this year. WesCorp expects to send about 960 webcast recording sessions to 2,700 soldiers. Each credit union in the program will set up a mobile webcast studio with cameras, microphones and monitors to record the greetings. There is no cost, and greetings have an allotted time of 10 minutes. Some recipients will receive the greetings live and can text messages back to the studio. Operation Best Wishes is supported by each participating credit union and the Defense Credit Union Council, an organization of credit unions whose membership comprises U.S. Department of Defense personnel. Although troop withdrawals continue in Iraq, there’s still a strong interest to support soldiers who are deployed in other areas during the holidays, according to Walt Laskos, WesCorp public relations director and Operation Best Wishes manager. “It’s particularly interesting to see how several of the bases we will visit have already fully booked their recording sessions, doing so much earlier than in previous years,” he said. “Obviously the need is clearly there and families are responding to credit union invitations.”
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