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Pacific Marine Credit Union Gifts Handicap-Accessible Van to Local Wounded Warrior

Thursday, June 8, 2017  
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Pacific Marine Credit Union Gifts Handicap-Accessible Van to Local Wounded Warrior

Pacific Marine Credit Union gifts a handicap-accessible vehicle to Staff Sergeant Danielle Pothoof. 

CAMP PENDLETON, Ca. – Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) gifted an injured Camp Pendleton Marine with a modified van to easily accommodate her wheelchair.  

The fully-equipped, handicap-accessible van was returned to the Credit Union after the previous owner passed away. Instead of selling or auctioning the vehicle, employees came up with a plan to donate the vehicle to a local wounded warrior who would benefit most from its upgrades.  

The search for the best beneficiary of the van concluded when they found Staff Sergeant Danielle Pothoof through the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Pontoof was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds she sustained in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb detonated. Eventually, the injuries led to a necessary amputation below the knee of her left leg.

As she continues her life and career as an active duty Marine, Pontoof will now own a vehicle capable of easily storing and transporting her wheelchair.

“Being able to give back to our military and honor the sacrifices they make for our country is absolutely wonderful, especially when it’s someone as deserving as Staff Sergeant Pothoof,” said Bill Birnie, President and Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Marine Credit Union. “I am proud to see our employees seeking these opportunities and fulfilling our mission to support the communities we serve.”

About Pacific Marine Credit Union
Since 1952, Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) has been making a difference: helping people with their financial needs and giving back to the local communities. PMCU is owned and governed by its members, operating not-for-profit, but for service. This allows the revenue generated by its services to be given back in the form of lower interest rates on loans, reduced fees, attractive earnings on savings and investments, and around-the-clock access to the latest electronic services.

PMCU is open to everyone who lives or works in San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Pacific Marine Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration and is an Equal Housing Lender.  Visit us at

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