DCUC Supports Wounded Warriors
Thursday, June 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2019– The Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) proudly supports the warriors and their families at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games held this year in Tampa, FL. The Department of Defense Warrior Games and Family program ensures loved ones can be present to cheer on their athletes. The family program is managed by the Fisher House Foundation and relies on the support from sponsors to make it possible.
The Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN) in partnership with DCUC presented $50.00 AFFN Thank You (pre-paid) debit cards to each family of the 300 warrior athletes to assist in defraying travel related costs.
L to R: Maria Reed, Amy Anderson, John Broda, Jolynn Lee, Richelle Futch
The Warrior Games were established as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports. In addition, the games are open to the public which bridges the civilian-military divide and provides civilians a better understanding of the tenacity and dedication of our nations warriors.
Anthony Hernandez, President and CEO of DCUC visited this year’s Warrior Games and had the opportunity to meet with the athletes and their families. “These men and women have been through a lot and some of their wounds are seen and some are unseen so we should do anything we can to assist in the recovery of the wounded, ill and injured,” Hernandez said.
John Broda, President and CEO of AFFN and Ann Morsch, Vice President of Member Services and Operations of AFFN not only handed out pre-paid debit cards to every family attending Warrior Games but volunteered multiple days in the hospitality tent serving our warrior families! In addition, Broda was recognized by the Fisher House for his work with the entire Fisher House Foundation. “I’m very proud of the work AFFN has done to support our warriors and their families not only at Warrior Games but day to day across the nation,” said Hernandez.
L to R: John Broda, President & CEO AFFN, Meghan Olgivie, CEO of Dog Tag Bakery, Tony Hernandez, President & CEO DCUC, Jennifer Hernandez, and Ann Morsch, Vice President of Member Services at AFFN
AFFN has taken their support a step further and partnered with Moving with the Military, an online makeover series produced by Maria Reed, 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Army Military Spouse of the Year, that bridges the civilian-military divide through design and community building, one makeover at a time. Moving with the Military empowers military families, creates community do-it-yourself projects, and improves military family quality of life and wellbeing.
The partnership allows Moving with the Military to provide a much-needed makeover and expansion of a yoga therapy room at the Veterans Alternative Center in Holiday, FL that provides a FREE five-day highly effective Accelerated Wellness Program that improves the quality of life of the men and women, and their significant others, who’ve served our Nation in combat. The makeover will be completed on June 28, 2019.
The Accelerated Wellness Program has reported a 46% reduction in PTSD symptomology, 61% reduction in depression, 56% decrease in anxiety and other significant outcomes. The Veterans Alternative Center provides free five-day retreat programs year that has served 600+ ill and wounded warriors and their significant others.