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CUs at political conventions join vet-housing efforts
ST. PAUL, Minn., and ARVADA, Colo. (2/29/08)--Credit unions in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming will join the Credit Union National Association during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in constructing specially adapted homes for two servicemen wounded while serving in Iraq.
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)
The Democratic National Convention will be held in Denver Aug. 25-28. The Republican National Convention is slated for Sept. 1-4 in St. Paul. The Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming are partnering with Homes for Our Troops and the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) to construct a new home for Staff Sgt. Travis Strong, a former Coloradoan who is a double amputee and currently rehabilitating in San Diego. Minnesota credit unions will team up with Homes for Our Troops and the Committee on Arrangements for the 2008 Republican National Convention initiative, which will build a home in St. Paul for Sgt. Marcus Kuboy, 30, who was injured in an explosion while patrolling the outskirts of Fallujah. His home will be the first in Minnesota to be built by Homes for Our Troops. Credit unions are the driving force behind the Minnesota initiative and are responsible for raising the funds for the service project. "I am thrilled that credit unions have the opportunity to be so instrumental in a project of this magnitude, contributing time and money to honor a Minnesota soldier who fought for our freedom," said Mark D. Cummins, president/CEO of the Minnesota Credit Union Network. "While the convention will come and go, the construction of this new home for Sgt. Kuboy will be a long-lasting reminder of the gratitude and generosity of Minnesota credit union members for years to come." John Dill, president/CEO of the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming, said, "Colorado and Wyoming's credit unions--which represent 1.7 million members--are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Homes for Our Troops to provide this tangible 'leave behind' for our community, state, region and most importantly, for a very deserving serviceman after the convention is over." Fundraising and volunteer recruitment are underway in both states. In Minnesota, contributions can be made through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Individuals and organizations interested in participating should contact Mara Humphrey at the Minnesota Credit Union Network at mhumphrey@mncun.org. In Colorado, individuals and organizations interested in donating or participating in the project should contact Chris Kemm, grassroots manager, Credit Union Association of Colorado, at 720-479-3345 or 800-477-1697, ext. 3345, or via e-mail at ckemm@colocu.com.
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