NCUA Chairman and DCUC President discuss how defense credit unions are well positioned to respond financial inclusion efforts

WASHINGTON, DC (August 21, 2019) — The 56 th Annual Defense Credit Union Council Conference held in the vibrant city of Chicago provided attendees the opportunity to grow professionally and focus on issues impacting our Defense Credit Unions.

On Tuesday morning, Anthony Hernandez, President and CEO, DCUC, and The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Rodney E. Hood discussed financial inclusion and diversity to address the lack of access to safe, reliable, and affordable financial services and how credit unions are well-positioned to meet these specific needs.

To be clear “diversity and inclusion” is not only about minority communities, it’s about extending financial access to all Americans, recognizing dividing lines including geographic areas, among other areas. The withdrawal of financial institutions from rural communities jeopardizes the strength of local economies. This is a need that credit unions already fill and are well-equipped to address in the future.

During the session Chairman Hood stated, “there are a lot of innovations that defense credit unions have pioneered to better serve members in far-flung postings around the world. Those innovations might help us to get a better sense of how to target services to rural communities or other hard to reach places.”

Chairman Hood also noted that credit unions have the ability to foster greater financial inclusion, accessibility, and opportunities for all Americans.

“We are honored to have NCUA Chairman Hood address our delegates. It is so important to keep open lines of communication and hear the Chairman’s viewpoint on the future of credit unions, the challenges and the Chairman’s focuses, specifically on diversity and inclusion.

These are at the heart of defense credit unions, and we look forward to supporting this shared mission,” said, Anthony Hernandez, DCUC President and CEO.

Anthony Hernandez, President and CEO, DCUC and NCUA Chairman Rodney E. Hood on stage at the 56th Annual Defense Credit Union Council Conference.

About Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC)

The Defense Credit Union Council is the premier 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 180 credit unions with over 35 million members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact DCUC at


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