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DCUC is Committed to Veteran & Spouse Employment

Friday, October 12, 2018  
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WASHINGTON, DC (October 12, 2018) — The Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) recognizes the importance of supporting our military through military veteran and spouse employment. DCUC President/CEO Anthony Hernandez, a 25-year Air Force Veteran, emphasizes providing employment opportunities to military veterans and military spouses, starting with DCUC. Currently, 50% of DCUC employees identify as military veterans and/or military spouses.

Anthony Hernandez, President/CEO of DCUC stated, “Military families sacrifice and serve alongside their veteran servicemember.  Nowhere is this more evident than in our military spouses who have unique skills and abilities. In fact, many military spouses have college degrees in addition to proven experience and are ready to work in building our defense communities.  This talent is in plain sight! 

My wife is a great example—smart, talented, educated, patriotic, and has a strong work ethic.  As a result, DCUC’s employment strategy is largely shaped by her experiences, insights, and timely suggestions. DCUC is enriched by our military spouses who come to work every day and make us succeed.”

DCUC staff from left to right:  Beth Merlo, Acting Vice President & Military Supporter, Brittany Boccher, Special Projects Coordinator & AFI's 2017 Military Spouse of the Year, Christa Dittus, Web Specialist & Military Spouse, Anthony Hernandez, President/CEO & Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel,  Charlotte Randall, Administrative Assistant & daughter of a Retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer, and Janet Sked, Conference Manager & mother of a U.S. Army Reservist and daughter of a U.S. Navy WWII Veteran (USS Nevada at Normandy Beach, France).

 

Military spouses face unemployment rates four times the national average and DCUC is committed to doing our part by assisting military spouses in securing meaningful careers and stands behind the Hiring our Heroes Hiring 100K Military Spouses initiative. Former Second Lady of the United States and Honorary Co-Chair of the Biden Foundation, Dr. Jill Biden, stated, “military spouses deserve the opportunity to build their careers and pursue their dreams, no matter where their family is stationed.”

Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, recently told an audience of Army military spouses “we know military life is not easy and that employment issues are one of the biggest challenges military spouses face” and announced a campaign to “elevate and encourage military spouses” during her visit to Fort Carson, CO on September 13, 2018.

DCUC supports the campaign launched by the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, and encourages veteran and military spouse employment by its member credit unions, who are already huge proponents of military spouses given their integrated relationships to the military sphere. In addition to our hiring initiatives, DCUC sponsors the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) symposium by providing five military spouses the opportunity to continue their financial counseling education. Financial counseling careers are highly portable and provide military spouses the opportunity to find employment at any military installation or in the civilian sector.

 The Defense Credit Union Council is a trade association representing the interests of federally and state-chartered credit unions serving our military around the globe. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, the Council supports its member credit unions and the Department of Defense (DOD) in coordinating policy, procedures, and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services to DOD personnel and their families. Organized in 1963, the Council’s membership is comprised of 180 credit unions with over 23 million members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brittany Boccher at 719-213-5970 or email at bboccher@dcuc.org.


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