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Defense CU Council sponsors Operation Best Wishes
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/26/11)--This holiday season, the Defense CU Council will once again sponsor Operation Best Wishes, the mobile studio that gives family and friends of military members the opportunity to send video messages.

The studio comes with cameras, lights and a technician, the ability to superimpose families over moving backgrounds through the use of a "green screen." Families and the military alike record their personal greetings free of charge.

The holiday video cards come complete with a password that is used to view the greeting time and time again on the Operation Best Wishes website.

The annual campaign, about to launch its eighth national tour, is sponsored by the Defense Credit Union Council and its member credit unions serving the military and their families.

"Nothing can replace the warm embrace of a spouse, the kids or family members during the holidays," noted Arty Arteaga, President/CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Defense Credit Union Council. "However, by providing an opportunity to reach out with a video greeting card that's memorable and different from Skyping or the usual e-mail exchanges, our credit unions hope to offer the next best thing to being there and by doing so, brighten the holiday season for those who serve our country and for their families as well.

"Connecting military families is just a small token of our appreciation for those who make great scarifies on a daily basis," added Arteaga.

Operation Best Wishes will kickoff its national tour at Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md. during the week of Nov. 14 by visiting their branches at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Other stops along the tour include: Hanscom FCU, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.; AmeriCU Credit Union, Rome, N.Y.; Kirtland FCU, Albuquerque, N.M.; and Sea Air FCU, Seal Beach, Calif. The tour concludes on Dec. 16 at Hawaiian Tel FCU, Honolulu.

The Defense Credit Union Council is a niche membership association representing the interests of credit unions operating on military installations worldwide. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, the council supports its member credit unions and the Department of Defense (DoD) in coordinating policy, procedures and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services to DoD personnel and their families. The council comprises 235 credit unions serving more than 14 million members.

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