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April start for CU efforts on war vets home
WASHINGTON (4/8/08)—An April 10 groundbreaking ceremony will mark the launch of a new Denver-area home for a wounded veteran of the Iraq war, part of the “Homes for Our Troops” initiative and a project of the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) in Denver. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and state credit union representatives are participating in two upcoming events to benefit war veterans; the DNCC effort and a similar one sponsored by the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minn., where the RNC will convene in Sept. The plan is to provide specially adapted homes for two severely wounded members of the American armed forces and their families under the auspices of the non-partisan non-profit group, Home for Our Troops. On Thursday, credit unions, the National Journal, DNCC convention officials and Homes for Our Troops representatives will participate in a ceremony to springboard the first project. The groundbreaking is scheduled to begin at 10:30 CT in Golden, Colo., at the site of future home
U.S. Army SSG Travis Strong will move into a home in the Denver area as part of the Homes for Troops program. (Photo provided by CUNA)
to be presented to wounded Iraq war veteran SSG Travis Strong around the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Sgt Strong lost both legs as a result of a rocket-propelled grenade attack on his Stryker vehicle. CUNA Chairman Tom Dorety and Credit Union Association of Colorado (CUAC) President/CEO John Dill will attend on behalf of their respective organizations. There will be brief remarks by DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry, Homes for Our Troops Founder and President John Gonsalves, as well as the national and state credit union officials. National Journal Group representatives, credit union members, and the staffs of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have pledged their time to complete the construction in the following months. Minnesota credit unions will team up with Homes for Our Troops and the RNC to construct a home in St. Paul for Sgt. Marcus Kuboy, 30, who was injured in an explosion while patrolling the outskirts of Fallujah. That groundbreaking is scheduled for April 28.
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