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Three states raise 180k for Homes for Our Troops
BOSTON (6/19/09)--Homes for Our Troops and title sponsors--the Massachusetts Credit Union League, the New Hampshire Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island--hosted a gala June 13 in Boston to honor severely injured soldiers, and to raise money to build them specially adapted homes.
Click to view larger image The Massachusetts Credit Union League, the New Hampshire Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Rhode Island presented a check for $180,000 to Homes for Our Troops president and founder John Gonsalves. Gonsalves (left) and Dan Egan, president of the credit union leagues, presented the check at a June 13 gala in Boston. (Photo provided by the Massachusetts Credit Union League)
During the event, Dan Egan, president of the credit union leagues, presented a check for $180,000 to John Gonsalves, president and founder for Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that helps build specially adapted homes for injured soldiers. “Because of the help given by credit unions, we will be able to move another severely injured veteran, Nathan Hunt, off of our waiting list and start the process of building a home for him and his family,” Gonsalves said. Staff Sgt. Mathew Keil, a quadriplegic as the result of a sniper attack in Afghanistan, spoke at the event. He talked about his recovery and his admiration for the wives and families of severely injured veterans. The Credit Union National Association and credit unions have been active in helping Homes for Our Troops, and worked with the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions to build two homes near the sites of the conventions. Credit unions helped build the homes for Army Sgt. Marcus Kuboy in St. Paul, Minn., site of the Republican convention, and Staff Sgt. Travis Strong in Golden, Colo., near the Denver site of the Democratic convention.
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