Defense Credit Unions Honor Our Service Members During Military Appreciation Month and Every Month
Monday, May 18, 2020
by Brittany Boccher, DCUC Special Projects Coordinator
In life, people make sacrifices for the well being of themselves and others. This is even more true for our service members, who take on the responsibility of defending the nation at the cost of time with their friends and family, the ability to put down roots, their personal safety, and possibly their life. While serving their mission, some service members leave and never return, others return but are never the same. Ronald Reagan summed it up well when he stated, “some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran doesn’t have that problem.”
It is important that we honor and recognize those who serve and have served our great nation. To this end, in 1999 congress designated the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation.
While defense credit unions are already intimately aware of the honor in serving those who serve our country, they don’t just show their appreciation through great products and services. Throughout the year, Defense Credit Unions honor our service members and veterans, their families, and our wounded warriors in a myriad of ways.
The needs of returning service members who carry visible and/or invisible wounds of war are varied. For those who are injured or ill and receiving treatment, Defense Credit Unions are there to help by supporting places like the Fisher House Foundation, which provides military and veteran families a place to stay free of charge in one of their 63 homes around the globe while their loved one is in the hospital recovering. This can be through serving meals at the homes or through partnerships with the Armed Forces Financial Network to provide $50 gift cards for necessities families may need during their stay.
Other defense credit unions use their charitable foundations to host or support retreats for wounded warriors, their families, and caregivers. These retreats provide a break from relentless treatments and trying to cope with the new normal. The charitable foundations also provide emergency financial support for wounded, ill, and injured combat veterans as well as child care assistance and educational support for their caregivers.
And for those service members who return to civilian life and need extra support, many defense credit unions have become involved with organizations that train Service and Assistance Dogs. This help can be in the form of funds to improve facilities or cover the cost of the highly specialized training. Staff members at one defense credit union have even taken on the raising of the dogs in training, which involves taking the dogs everywhere, even to work.
Apart from their normal credit unions operations, DCUC member credit unions remain ready to support service members and their families. It takes a special kind of credit union to serve the military and such service requires demonstrating the “people helping people” motto above and beyond the call of duty. Defense Credit Unions pride themselves on promoting the morale and welfare of our military and meet our members where they are, especially our military service members, while maintaining the highest of standards by truly “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country.”