CLARKSVILLE, Ky. – Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union has long been in the forefront of local businesses going out of its way to support the military, and this month it made more product changes to underscore the cause of “welcoming home” U.S. soldiers. Most recently, the CU which sent staff to President Bush’s ceremonial visit March 18 to the 101st Airborne Division base at Fort Campbell, said it is offering an additional yield on a CD and providing $101 in gas for auto financing. Under the product changes, the CU said it has started paying 1.01% extra over the posted rate on its 12-month fixed rate certificates to all military “currently serving on active duty” and providing $101 for gas to all active duty soldiers “financing a new or used vehicle.” The $101 will be credited to a CU Visa card. The $192 million Fort Campbell FCU said it “appreciates all the sacrifices made by Fort Campbell solders and all active duty military around the world for our country.” It noted that on March 6, its staff spent four hours in the middle of the night to greet returning troops and their families with doughnuts, coffee and cocoa as “we were able to experience first hand the excitement and emotion of these soldiers coming home.” The gas offer, said the CU, will coincide with a first-time ever car show sale at the credit union slated for March 26-27 to be held at the CU’s new main office, relocated off base. Previously the Fort Campbell command denied the use of car sales for the CU’s existing on-base branch citing department concerns over dealer solicitation of army soldiers. “Since we are off base, we can hold this kind of show and it will be our first,” said Annette Kalinowski, vice president of marketing and business development. Fort Campbell FCU is teaming up with Enterprise Car Rental for the show with the rental firm also offering a $300 incentive to active duty personnel. “We have an awful lot of our guys back now who are looking to buy vehicles,” said Kalinowski. -

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