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Overcoming months of unforeseen delay, the Missouri Credit Union Association in cooperation with the Massachusetts-based Homes for Our Troops charity has identified a Missouri soldier for a new home to be built by state credit unions.Army Staff Sgt. Robert Canine, a native of Mexico, Mo., who lost both legs in Iraq last May, will receive a specially adapted home being funded by donations of Missouri CUs under the national CUNA-backed Homes for Our Troops project.The state league was the first after last summer’s presidential party conventions to unveil plans for the home-building venture, but the CU campaign hit a snag when a Branson vet had to back out after disclosing a prior conviction.A spokeswoman for the MCUA said Sgt. Canine along with a Missouri servicemen’s group, the Wounded Warriors, will meet with Missouri and Oklahoma CU executives and receive special recognition at ceremonies during the inaugural Credit Union Convention & Expo being held Sept. 22-24 in Branson.The meeting is a first-time joint meeting sponsored by the Oklahoma Credit Union League and MCUA.The MCUA noted that Sgt. Canine is currently undergoing a year of physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and learning to walk again on prosthetics. Canine will be joined at the Branson conference by his wife, Jennifer, and eight-year-old son, Sebastian.In building a home for an injured vet, the MCUA formally joins CU efforts on both coasts. The Massachusetts Credit Union League is also engaged in fundraising following on the heels of two homes financed by the Colorado and Minnesota leagues a year ago. Another fundraiser is underway in Portland, Ore.–[email protected]

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