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SECU Foundation gives $1M to Veterans Life Center in Butner

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BUTNER — The SECU Foundation announced Sunday a $1 million donation to the Veterans Life Center in Butner, a residential facility opening later this year for 21st century veterans experiencing difficulties reintegrating into civil society.

The gift is the largest single private donation to the Veterans Life Center, and was made in conjunction with the center’s Five Star Leadership Campaign, a naming rights program under which rooms, wings and other features of the Veterans Life Center campus can be named in return for donations.

As a result, the Veterans Life Center building, now nearing completion, will be named the Veterans Life Center SECU Veterans Residence.

“SECU members through SECU Foundation are proud to support the work of the Veterans Life Center,” said Jana Campbell, executive director of SECU Foundation. “The SECU Veterans Residence will offer much-needed assistance to aid North Carolina’s 21st century veterans in working towards their recovery in a facility that offers compassionate and comprehensive therapies that will enable them to live independent, healthy lives.”

The SECU Foundation was formed in 2004 by the State Employees’ Credit Union to promote community development in North Carolina communities. The foundation funds projects in education, health care, and housing.

“We are delighted and excited to receive this tremendous gift from SECU Foundation,” said retired Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, executive director of the Veterans Life Center. “It is a major step forward in our efforts to aid homeless and at-risk veterans in North Carolina and return them to self-reliance.”

“Once we open the SECU Veterans Residence this spring, we will begin our program of coordinating a wide range of veteran services, including clean, safe room and board, health and wellness services, spiritual and family counseling, life skills training, vocational education and mentoring — and most of all, hope for a better future,” Gorry added.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, our staff and the heroes we will serve, I want to express my profound gratitude to the SECU Foundation for their extraordinary support,” Gorry said.