Lone Survivor author, Marcus Luttrell, announced as 2014 ACUC keynoter

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Lone Survivor author, Marcus Luttrell, announced as 2014 ACUC keynoter

Ben Fishel - CUNA Communications; (202) 508-6294; bfishel@cuna.coop
Amy Nigrelli - CUNA Marketing; (608) 231-4246; anigrelli@cuna.coop

Madison, Wis. (January 14, 2014) - CUNA announced today that decorated Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell will be a keynote speaker at CUNA's 2014 America's Credit Union Conference, June 29 - July 3 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, CA. Luttrell is the author of the best-selling novel Lone Survivor, now a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg. 

America's Credit Union Conference, praised by attendees as an energizing, forward-thinking event, features the nation's best business innovators and motivational leaders to deliver ideas for growth and the inspiration to drive positive change for credit unions. "It is with great pleasure that we welcome Marcus Luttrell to tell his heroic story," said Jill Tomalin, CUNA Executive Vice President and COO. "His conference-closing keynote presentation on courage, sacrifice and community is sure to connect with credit union values, giving us a patriotic sendoff just in time for Independence Day."

For more information about speakers and sessions at America's Credit Union Conference, and to register, visit events.cuna.org/acuc14.

Marcus Luttrell
Marcus Luttrell joined the U.S. Navy in March 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in January 2002. He was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005 to gather intelligence on a Taliban leader with ties to Osama bin Laden. While there, his team of four Navy SEALs was ambushed by a large Taliban force, and Luttrell was the only one to survive the following hours of combat. Critically wounded, he crawled into the mountains and was taken in by the Afghan villagers of Sabray, who nursed and protected him, despite escalating Taliban threats, until he was rescued - a full five nights after the nightmare began.

After recuperating, he redeployed to Iraq for a second tour. In the spring of 2007, Petty Officer 1st Class Luttrell retired. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 by President George W. Bush.

Luttrell has written two books: Lone Survivor (2007), which recounts the harrowing trials of Operation Redwing and is now in movie theaters across the United States; and Service: A Navy SEAL at War (2013), in which Luttrell turns his focus to the nature of service on America's battlefields and the soldiers who give their lives to defend their nation and each other.

Arrangements for the appearance of Marcus Luttrell were made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, New York.

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