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CUNA to partner in servicemember housing effort
WASHINGTON (2/22/08)—The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Thursday announced its participation in an upcoming event that will provide specially adapted homes for two severely wounded members of the American armed forces and their families. In an effort known as a “leave-behind,” CUNA will participate in the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNCC) in Denver Aug. 25-28 and the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 1-4. CUNA will partner with the RNC and DNCC, as well as the National Journal Group, and the non-partisan, non-profit group “Homes for Our Troops,” to build the servicemembers’ homes. In the months leading up to the presidential nominations at the national conventions, Homes for Our Troops and its partners will construct a house in both the Colorado and Minnesota host cities with help from both political parties. According to CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica: “This project is unique in that both national political parties felt it was important enough to participate in both host cities for their conventions. CUNA is proud to be in partnership with all of these groups for such a worthy cause that is truly helping to bring our country together.” Mica added, “Credit unions are gratified to support our troops every day, and join with the National Conventions, as part of this special effort in helping two deserving servicemembers and their families.” The ground-breaking for the homes in Denver and Minneapolis will be in March or early April and 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. The homes, which will be uniquely outfitted for the special needs of each servicemember, will be presented to the new owners during the respective convention. Homes for Our Troops builds homes across the United States for armed services members who have been seriously wounded in action. The homes are provided at no cost to the veteran.
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