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CUs help hand home deed to wounded vet
GOLDEN, Colo.(8/28/08)—Culminating six months of planning and hard work, America’s Credit Unions and its partners placed the keys and deed to a new specially outfitted home into the hands of wounded Iraq war veteran Staff Sergeant Travis Strong Wednesday.
Click for slide showAfter thanking all the individuals and organizations for helping provide his family’s new home, Sgt. Travis Strong gives a special nod to credit unions. CLICK TO VIEW SLIDESHOW (Photo provided by CUNA)
The new home was the result of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who donated their time and resources to finishing Strong’s new home in time for this week’s Democratic National Convention. A similar project is being executed in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., in conjunction with next week’s Republican National Convention. That home will be presented to Sgt. Marcus Kuboy, also an injured Iraq war veteran. Both homes are joint endeavors by Homes for Our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes for severely wounded war veterans, and its partners, America’s Credit Unions, and the National Journal Group. The Democratic National Convention Committee was involved in the Denver-area project, as the Republican National Committee is in the Minnesota effort. America’s Credit Unions and the state credit union leagues have played an integral part in the projects, both through volunteer labor and fundraising to defray costs of the house. The credit union effort in Denver was coordinated by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and by the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming. A nationwide fundraising effort among state credit union leagues, individual credit unions and credit union system partners including Co-Op Financial Services and the Corporate Credit Union Network raised over $350,000 for the Strong and Kuboy homes. At the Wednesday Key Presentation Ceremony, CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica said, “Credit unions operate every day with a ‘People Helping People’ philosophy. That’s why our credit unions and their members have jumped at the opportunity to assist this very deserving soldier and his family, either through fundraising efforts across the country or by volunteering their time in person today and throughout the project.” John Dill, President/CEO of the state league, added, “Credit unions here in Colorado and Wyoming are proud to be a part of this project. When the last balloons have dropped and the Democratic Convention has left town, we will have left behind something very real for a real American hero.” U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, (D-Colo.), in whose congressional district Strong, his wife Misty, and their two children will live, said, “It is truly an honor to welcome Travis, Misty and their two beautiful children into our neighborhood. "It is equally heartwarming to see the outpouring of community involvement and support in building them a new home, from credit unions to organized labor to the many volunteers who have given so generously of their time and resources.” As a final touch to Wednesday's ceremony, attendess learned Strong had accepted an information technology specialist position with Lockheed Martin.
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