Frank J. Diekmann's August 12, 2013, column "A 'Niche' Group Deserving a Salute or Two," was right on target, but why stop at just two salutes?

Arty Arteaga has served as president/CEO of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) for many years and has done an outstanding job in supporting his member credit unions. He has a unique knowledge of the financial needs of our service members and their families because he too served our country in the United States Army. Arty knows credit union issues and is highly respected for the work he does.

I had the honor and pleasure of addressing the DCUC at their 50th Anniversary Conference and Showcase held in West Virginia recently.

It is always exciting to address the DCUC and this was the fifth time I was able to do so. To listen to their thoughts and ideas makes it very clear that they are fully dedicated to meeting the financial needs of their members, the brave and sacrificing men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Defense credit unions have remained strong throughout the recent difficult economic cycle and have continued to provide exceptional financial services.

Their membership ranks of defense-related credit unions continue to grow, and they often outpace the national industry in share, loan and capital growth. These are the kind of results one would expect from credit unions dedicated solely to helping their members with their financial well-being.

President Calvin Coolidge once said "The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." We can never, ever forget those who served to protect what we have in this great country. Defense credit unions have not and never will.

A salute or two? How about a 21-gun salute?

Michael E. Fryzel, Board Member
NCUA, Alexandria, Va.