RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation have provided the Operation Kids on Guard Foundation with a Sport Utility Vehicle and trailer for its “Kids on Guard (KOG)” Family Readiness Program. The program will utilize the vehicle and trailer to travel to North Carolina National Guard armories or training sites to provide fun and educational outlets for the children of its Army and Air Guard members, helping to address fears and concerns many children have about their parent’s service.
Designed for military children ages 5-18, the goal of KOG is to reduce feelings of fear and isolation many Guard children experience during their parent’s deployment by allowing them to interact with other Guard children that are dealing with the same stressors. During these events, volunteer Soldiers and Airmen teach children about basic drill and ceremony, military occupations, and military training. The volunteers provide photos of places they have served and allow the kids to ask questions and share feelings or concerns. Soldiers and Airmen also bring in hands-on equipment or set up displays to give the children an understanding of the types of equipment their loved ones may use in the military. Some children even engage in challenging activities like sports and games, land navigation, rappelling from a tower and rocketry.
Dr. Al Wentzy, Advisory Board member of SECU’s Jackson branch comments, “I am so proud of my Credit Union and its members for supporting the ‘Kids on Guard’ program! If you want to be supportive of a combat soldier and those deployed in the name of freedom, take care of their family. Children of our uniformed service members don’t understand why ‘Daddy’ and ‘Mommy’ are gone; the SECU Foundation’s support of this Operation Kids on Guard Foundation outreach project enables the NC National Guard to help their children understand. It is so touching and reassuring to see SECU members caring for the children of those deployed – it is a clear example of the Credit Union practicing the precept of ‘Do the Right Thing!’”
“We are extremely grateful to State Employee’s Credit Union and its members for providing the Kids on Guard program with a Sports Utility Vehicle and trailer,” said Alice Dean, NC National Guard State Child & Youth Coordinator. “Kids on Guard is a hands-on, face-to-face program that provides unique support for our youngest military family members. Since the program began, we’ve reached more than 1,800 military children throughout the State. Having a dedicated vehicle for our use will increase our impact in the State and allow us to further extend the program. This type of support helps further our mission to keep North Carolina’s military children resilient.”
About SECU and the SECU Foundation
SECU is a non-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 70 years. Currently serving 1.5 million members, SECU provides services through 226 branch offices, over 1,000 ATMs, 24/7 call centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org. The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.
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