NAFCU’s Berger, DCUC’s Hernandez team up to advocate for serving veteran members

NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger joined with Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) President and CEO Anthony Hernandez in a letter to House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nydia Velázquez, R-N.Y., and Ranking Member Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., prior to the committee’s hearing, “Military to Main Street: Serving Veteran Entrepreneurship.” Of note, the two leaders also joined together in a complimentary webinar to discuss serving veteran members. The webinar is available now on the NAFCU website.

“Credit unions are an important resource for our nation’s veterans in their small business and entrepreneurial endeavors,” wrote Berger and Hernandez. “Service members develop broad expertise across many disciplines while in the military, learning skills that can provide tremendous value to the economy. After great personal sacrifice, these Americans deserve every opportunity for success in their transition back to civilian life.”

In the letter, the leaders listed ways that Congress can help veterans, including supporting legislation that would help provide relief to barriers that stand in the way of veterans’ ability to access credit for small businesses.

In the webinar, Berger and Hernandez covered various legislative and policy initiatives that protect veteran members, including the Building Credit Access for Veterans Act, the Veterans Member Business Loan Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act. Of note, both Berger and Hernandez discussed advocacy efforts, the options and programs available today, and what to do to help protect our nation’s veterans.


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