ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A long and distinguished career in the Army left Greg Ransaw, PenFed Credit Union's (PenFed) Branch Manager for Fort Hood, with a deep appreciation for the unique challenges faced by our men and women in uniform.
Ransaw, a recently retired Army sergeant major, said, "One of the best things about my new career with PenFed Credit Union is that I get the opportunity to interact with Soldiers and other members of the military nearly every day. However, I felt driven to find a way to do a little bit more, so I huddled with my leadership team, and in almost no time flat, we had a plan."
The idea of sending care packages to service members who are deployed came out of a brainstorming session Ransaw held with his senior staff of Cherrie Aberle, Jesus Cerrillo, Elba Mercado, Amy Moree, Rebecca Salinas and Shiela Sampson. The staff members used their own funds to buy items for the packages.
"The entire team here at the PenFed Credit Union Fort Hood Branch enjoyed getting together to pack the boxes and prepare them for shipping overseas. Everyone was excited to be a part of something to benefit our folks in uniform," said Ransaw.
The volunteer mission was especially personal for one PenFed team member at Fort Hood. Ashley Flores helped assemble a care package that would eventually reach her father, who is a command sergeant major deployed to Afghanistan. "After receiving the package, my dad wrote back saying that he's looking forward to meeting the whole PenFed team, and that he and his Soldiers are thankful and grateful to have supporters like us. This was a wonderful opportunity to let my dad and all the other Soldiers know that they are in our prayers and thoughts," said Flores.
Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, PenFed is one of the largest credit unions in the country, serving 1.3 million members worldwide; with nearly $18 billion in assets. Its long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost effective manner, while being responsive to members' needs. PenFed offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking, and a wide range of other financial services with its members' interests always in mind. Serving a diverse population, PenFed offers many ways to become a member; including numerous employee groups and association affiliations. PenFed is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. PenFed does business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and is a member of NAFCU. To learn more about PenFed, visit PenFed.org, like us on Facebook and follow @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on Linkedin. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D.