Three hundred managers who work at the $21 billion State Employees' Credit Union and are also in the military recently received long-term support from the cooperative.
Staffers with SECU in North Carolina signed a statement for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program. For its employee-reservists, SECU offers one-week paid military leave annually, provides a pay differential when an employee is deployed and keeps the benefits of the soldiers active when they are mobilized. SECU personnel also support their deployed co-workers by sending care packages and letters and assisting family members left behind during deployment.
SECU also waives ATM fees for deployed soldiers, and has undertaken many National Guard initiatives, said Jim Barber, SECU board chair.
"SECU was very helpful and positive while preparing me for my 15-month tour to Iraq," said Cathy Baker, a National Guard reservist and financial services officer at SECU. "They went over and beyond what they were required to do by law."