PenFed Foundation Sends Wounded Soldier and Family on Vacation

Posted September 14 2016
by PenFed Team
PenFed Credit Union News Release

Airfare and luxury accommodations donated by PenFed Credit Union exec

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 14, 2016—When her daughter married into the military, PenFed Credit Union’s Executive Vice President and President for Mortgage Banking Debbie Ames-Naylor quickly saw how the lives of our troops and those of their families can intersect with sacrifice on a regular basis. When she had the opportunity to take advantage of a 7-day, 7-night stay at a luxurious timeshare in Miami, Florida’s South Beach, Ames-Naylor paused for a moment.

“I asked my husband what he thought about the idea of donating our time at the property to a military family. He was all-in right away,” said Ames-Naylor. She gifted the use of the two-bedroom luxury condo to PenFed’s charitable arm, the PenFed Foundation, and pledged to cover the costs of round-trip airfare between Washington, D.C. and Miami. “The last thing we wanted to do was to offer a great vacation that came with travel costs,” said Ames-Naylor.

PenFed Credit Union President and CEO James Schenck, who serves in a volunteer role as the president of the foundation, said Ames-Naylor’s generosity epitomizes the affinity and gratitude PenFed has for the military community.

“An enthusiastic team of volunteers with our foundation swung into action to make this trip happen for a service member they’ve never met. Most of us do know someone who has served or is serving—a son or daughter, sister or brother, dad or mom,” said Schenck.

“We are all grateful to be able to show our appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” he said.

The PenFed Foundation volunteers coordinated directly with the Army Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. As with all gifts to military personnel, the vacation—which included airfare, lodging and airport car service (courtesy of Allied Solutions)—had to undergo an intense legal and ethical review by Army officials before it could be offered to a military family.

Once the gift was cleared for acceptance, Sgt. Michael Brown and his family—wife Kimberly and daughter Alyssa—were selected by the Warrior Transition Unit to receive the vacation package. Brown is a Warrenton, Virginia native who was wounded in Mosul, Iraq. He is a military policeman and was recently transferred to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama where he is serving as an enlisted aide-de-camp.

“This was an incredible opportunity for me and my family. We were able to relax and recharge,” said Brown. “I think it’s great that organizations like the PenFed Foundation are there for service members, veterans and their families. We appreciate the foundation for making this fantastic vacation happen for us.”

About the PenFed Foundation

Founded in 2001, the PenFed Foundation is a national nonprofit organization committed to helping members of our military community secure their financial future. It provides service members, veterans, their families and support networks with the skills and resources they need to improve their lives through programs on financial education, credit-building, home ownership, and short-term assistance. Affiliated with PenFed Credit Union, the foundation has the resources to effectively reach military communities across the nation, build strong partnerships, and engage a dedicated corps of volunteers in its mission. The credit union funds the foundation’s personnel and most operational costs, demonstrating its strong commitment to the programs the foundation provides.

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