CUs Back Staff In The Military

September 1, 2005

CUs Back Staff In The Military

Employees leave behind their families, homes, and careers when called to active duty. That's why credit unions' support of employees/soldiers is so appreciated. Here's how two Texas credit unions show their support.

Resource One Credit Union, Dallas, display a banner Junjak-Ivens took with her when stationed in Iraq as a Marine reservist. It's covered with the signatures of service members and civilian contractors she met during her tenure overseas.

'I met so many people from so many places,' says Junjak-Ivens. 'And we all tried to share something that was part of our roots in the states. Any time you integrate something from home into the working environment over there, it reminds you that people back home are thinking of you and supporting you.'

Branch Manager Rebecca Campos welcomed Steven Palomo, account service representative for

San Antonio Federal Credit Union, when he returned from deployment to Iraq.

'Steven is a fine employee and a wonderful person,' says Campos. 'He works hard and gets along well with members and fellow employees. We're so glad he came back safely.'

Palomo's wife, Sonya, visited the credit union frequently while her husband was gone. 'People would ask her, ‘How's he doing? Tell him we're thinking about him,'' Palomo says. 'She felt a lot of support from the people I had worked with at the branches, and I knew they hadn't forgotten me.'

Palomo serves in the Army Reserve.

San Antonio Federal Credit Union (SACU) has had five employees deployed since August 2001, each with different leave and return dates. The credit union deals with the deployments by beefing up the work force around its reservist employees.

SACU illustrates its support for employees' family members in the military with a Wall of Honor of 37 photographs of enlisted men and women. Credit union collections official Bobbie Ferguson started the display with six or seven pictures after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Reported by Paige Ramsey-Palmer, Jo Taylor, and Judy Weidman.