Serving Those Who Serve the Nation
As a cooperative lending institution, we have members who come from all walks of life, and we are thankful for the diversity that this brings to our association. But, toward the end of every year, we are reminded of one group in particular that serves our country in a very sacrificial manner, and we are proud to be able to serve them in return.
Veterans Day, which was just a few weeks ago, is more than just a holiday away from work. It is a day when we honor all those who served in our nation’s military, with so many making the ultimate sacrifice. It is a day with roots that go all the way back to World War I, when the United States sent more than 2 million troops to Europe over 19 months. That war ended with the implementation of an armistice between the Allies and Germany on Nov. 11, 1918.
At that time, many soldiers were young farm people, and when they returned, they wanted to farm and purchase land for themselves. The local Farm Credit cooperatives were there to help them buy that land. Since then, millions more men and women have fought to protect our nation’s freedom. Coming home after serving your country and trying to build a new career can be difficult, but rural America remains a great place to start. Even today, over 40 percent of those who serve in the U.S. military come from rural communities, although just 16 percent of the American population lives in rural areas.
Overall, the Farm Credit System is proud to support organizations and programs that help our newest generation of veterans. On a more local level, we have always had many borrowers, employees and family members of employees who are veterans. In Landscapes magazine last year, we included an article about a borrower, Captain Lee Stuckey, who started A HERO Foundation to help veterans cope with the stresses of military life.
Farm Credit was created during the days of World War I, so we have been serving veterans for as long as we’ve been around. Appreciating the service of veterans and in turn providing service to them is not limited to one day a year at Alabama Ag Credit. If you, or someone you know, is a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, please let us know. We’ll be happy help guide them in making a home or a career in rural America.
Thank you to all of our vets — and best wishes to our customers and our friends for a very happy holiday season.
Chief Executive Officer