DCUC gathers for Defense Matters Brunch ahead of CUNA’s GAC

WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2022) — DCUC hosted its 2022 Defense Matters Brunch, its in-person winter advocacy update, on Sunday morning prior to the start of CUNA’s GAC. This year’s event featured two guest speakers, Amy Walter and LTC Roy Ross, USA, Ret., and an important DCUC advocacy update from Anthony Hernandez, DCUC’s president/CEO.

The first speaker was LTC Ross. As part of DCUC’s commitment to technology and innovation in the credit union space, LTC Ross’ was invited to speak about cybersecurity. Ross’ experience in the Army and serving as OMNICommander’s Chief Information Security Officer gives him a critical understanding of the challenges faced by credit unions serving military members today and how to protect their financial lives.

Following LTC Ross, Amy Walter, spoke to the crowd about her take on the upcoming midterm elections and the issues she sees taking the forefront. Walter is known for her nonpartisan political analysis. As credit unions prepare to Hike the Hill during the GAC, Walter’s analysis is crucial in helping to shape these conversations.  

Hernandez shared, “I’m very happy to be in-person with everyone again. The connections we build and information we can exchange in person is vital to our industry’s success. Both speakers today provided important perspectives that will allow our credit unions to see a changing environment as they focus on serving our military. I’m excited to continue these conversations and build on our momentum moving forward.”

Additional highlights from the Defense Matters Brunch included a brief visit from NCUA Chairman Todd Harper and the announcement of a co-branding opportunity for DCUC’s incredibly popular Thank You video for DCUC members.

DCUC’s Defense Matters Brunch was possible thanks to its generous sponsors: AFFN, FIS, IZALE, and OM Financial.

About Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC)

The Defense Credit Union Council is the trusted resource for credit unions on all military and veteran matters. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and NCUA, the Council champions the interests of credit unions serving our military and veteran communities by coordinating policy, procedures, and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services. Organized in 1963, the Council’s membership is comprised of more than 180 credit unions with over 37 million members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact DCUC at


Haleigh Laverty



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