NEW ORLEANS — It's been an arduous two years for VAHNOLA FederalCredit Union after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the city of NewOrleans in the summer of 2005.

The $2 million credit union serves the former VA Medical Centerhere, which is now called the Southeast Louisiana Veterans HealthCare System. Prior to the hurricane, the CU was provided space atno cost by the center. After Katrina, VAHNOLA lost equipment andmost files. Upon returning to the city in January 2006, the CU hasbeen operating out of a cubicle that was provided by a neighboringcredit union.

One bright spot occurred on May 1 when VAHNOLA entered into afive-year lease in May with Jones Lang LaSalle, LLC to lease itscurrent location. The cost is $1,501.50 but the CU needs helpdefraying the cost to rent the space for six months.

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