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Homes for Our Troops arrives in Missouri
ST. LOUIS (11/3/08)--Missouri credit unions officially introduced the Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) effort in the state with the help of Army Specialist Scott West and HFOT Founder John Gonsalves.
John Gonsalves, Homes for Our Troops president and founder, traveled to Missouri to meet with Army Specialist Scott West for the kick-off meeting to introduce the program to the state Oct. 24.
Missouri credit unions and HFOT are cooperating to build a specially adapted home in Branson, Mo., for West, who lost both legs below the knee in an explosion in while serving in Iraq. Gonsalves, West and representatives from 10 participating credit unions met in St. Louis Oct. 28 (The Missouri Difference Oct. 29). They also announced the effort to Branson media Wednesday. West said he is excited for the project to begin. “With a new home on the way, there are no words that can describe how I feel,” he told the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). “None of it would be possible without Homes for Our Troops, Missouri credit unions and the many people who prayed for me.”
Credit union representatives discuss plans to build disabled Army Specialist Scott West a home in Branson, Mo. (Photos provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
The initial step in the process is to secure land and a general contractor for the Branson home, the association said. MCUA is sending credit unions a packet of information about the project, including a pledge form. Mid Missouri CU,Fort Leonard Wood, which includes military members within its field of membership, is serving as the lead credit union for the Branson home's development, said MCUA (The Missouri Difference Oct. 31). Missouri credit unions have committed to raising $100,000 to build the homes for Specialist West, with plans for other specially adapted homes to follow.


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