ST. LOUIS (12/12/08)--A video featuring Army Specialist Scott West and the Missouri Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is available online, says the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). MCUA, which posted the video on its website, will make copies and distribute it to all credit unions in Missouri so they can display it in their lobby, and show it at boards’ annual meetings and in the community, said Amy McLard, vice president, public and legislative affairs with MCUA. “They can use it in any way to get the message across,” she told News Now
. Missouri’s credit unions have teamed up with HFOT—a nonprofit group that builds specially adapted homes for severely disabled members of the military—on a home for West, a resident of Branson. West lost his legs below the knee in Iraq when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded beneath the humvee he was driving. He spotted the IED and jerked the vehicle to the right. As a result, it exploded underneath him, instead of his fellow soldiers.
The video and a radio public service announcement (PSA) were created by HFOT. “We’re providing the PSAs to credit unions who may have radio stations they typically work with,” McLard said. MCUA’s website has a link to the video. The fundraising goal is $100,000 for the project. “We’ve had a phenomenal response from credit unions,” McLard said. “One credit union—HealthCare Family CU of the St. Louis area—decided to forego its annual holiday party and donate the funds.” “A lot of credit unions are responding in the face of a tough economic year,” she added. “We just got a contractor, and we have an architect. Now we need to finalize the land, and then it will be a race against Mother Nature as to when there will be a groundbreaking,” she said. “As soon as we get all the ducks in a row, then we can set a groundbreaking date.”