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Missouri CUs raise walls for wounded vets home
COLUMBIA, Mo. (4/12/10)--Missouri credit unions built a specially adapted home in Columbia, Mo., for wounded Staff Sgt. (SSG) Robert Canine and his family during a three-day building blitz this past weekend as part of The Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) program. The HFOT Build Brigade brought volunteers together to build the home from a concrete foundation to a weather-tight structure in three days, said the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) (The Missouri difference April 9). The Friday-through-Sunday Build Brigade began with a procession through Columbia
Staff Sgt. Robert Canine and his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Sebastian, look forward to life in Columbia, Mo., in their new home built by Missouri's credit unions and Homes For Our Troops this past weekend.
Missouri credit unions helped bring this concrete slab on Staff Sgt. Robert Canine's lot to a weather-tight home as part of a project built this past weekend by the Homes For Our Troops and the Missouri Credit Union Association. (Photos provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
that included SSG Canine and his family, Patriot Guard Riders, National Guard Humvees, and police escorts. Starting at Lowe’s Home Improvement, which served as a registration site for volunteers in January, the procession ended at the build site. An opening ceremony welcomed volunteers and officially kicked off the project. Special guests included U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-19), State Reps. Chris Kelly (D-24) and Mary Still (D-25), Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman, and Sarah Barfield, a representative from U.S. Sen. Kit Bond’s (R-Mo.) office. As a surprise for SSG Canine, soldiers from his unit in Fort Riley, Kan., served as Color Guard, and his commander, Lt. Col. John Vermeesch, addressed the crowd. Before the first wall was raised, SSG Canine expressed his appreciation for the home-building effort. “I’m so thankful for what Homes for Our Troops and the Missouri Credit Union Association are doing for me,” Canine said. “The MCUA basically made this home happen for me …This is unbelievable. I want to thank everybody for coming out. I am so honored by this whole event.” The Build Brigade follows two years of fundraising by Missouri credit unions. This is the first of two specially adapted homes that Missouri credit unions have committed to build in the state with HFOT. Several state leagues and the Credit Union National Association have teamed up with HFOT for projects in other states.
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