Clear Path for Veterans, Southern Tier Veterans Support Group Receives Donation from Credit Union


Broadview Federal Credit Union (FCU) announced donations of $5,000 for seven veteran-related nonprofits, including Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango and the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group in Vestal. Broadview was formed by the August 1 merger of SEFCU and CAP COM. SEFCU, headquartered in Albany, operates branches in central New York. (Photo credit: Broadview FCU)

ALBANY, NY – Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango and the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group in Vestal are among the nonprofits that will benefit from a $5,000 donation from the Broadview Federal Credit Union (FCU).

The credit union was formed by the August 1 merger of SEFCU and CAP COM.

Albany-based SEFCU, which operates branches in central New York, announced in July 2021 its intention to merge its operations with CAP COM, another federal credit union headquartered in the New York Capital Region. York. Broadview FCU, the combined financial services provider, serves nearly 500,000 members, according to its website.

Broadview says it has a longstanding commitment to supporting veterans and veterans-related causes in the Capital Region and throughout New York State, according to its announcement Thursday.

Broadview presented a total of $35,000 in donations to seven veteran-related nonprofits in the Capital Region, Central New York and Western New York.

Besides Clear Path for Veterans and the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, Broadview FCU has also donated funds to groups including WNY Heroes; the food pantry at the Albany Stratton Veterans Medical Center; and the Albany Housing Coalition (aka Albany Vet House)

Stand to Honor Ceremony

Broadview FCU held a “Stand to Honor” ceremony in front of a branch in Albany on Thursday.

Throughout the day, staff and volunteers — including Broadview President Chris McKenna and CEO Michael Castellana — stood silently in pairs for 13 minutes. The number 13 represents the number of folds of an American flag given to the family of a deceased service member, according to the press release.

“It’s something very moving. It’s not just about standing still for 13 minutes. When you put your feet on the footprints of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, who are no longer there, it is something that moves you,” Castellana said. “We could not be here without the sacrifice of millions of people who put their personal lives aside to protect our freedoms. Every day should be Veterans Day. Today we’re going just a little further than we always do.

Virginia S. Braud