Credit Union West Donates More Than $9,000 to Soldier’s Best Friend

Employees at Glendale, Ariz.-based Credit Union West partnered with the CU West CARES Charitable Foundation to donate $9,489.04 to Soldier’s Best Friend, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to training and pairing service dogs with eligible veterans at no cost to the veteran. 

Soldier’s Best Friend is not only devoted to helping military veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries, but they are also committed to rescuing dogs from shelters across the state. Their program pairs each veteran with a dog adopted from a local shelter or with a dog already owned by the veteran. They will live and train together from that point forward. 

“Veterans come into our program because they just want to be able to go to their child’s little league game or go to the store, but their trauma prevents them from doing these things,” said Mik Milem, Executive Director of Soldier’s Best Friend. “We are so thankful for this gift and for the continued support from Credit Union West that allows us to impact so many lives.” 

This is the first donation in 2024 from the credit union’s EmployeesCARE Program and the largest in the program’s history. The program is funded solely through employee donations and benefits four local, nonprofit organizations each year. The funds for this donation were generously matched dollar for dollar by contributions from the CU West CARES Charitable Foundation and personally from Credit Union West President and CEO Karen Roch. 

“At Credit Union West, our military roots run deep so we are proud to support the important work that Soldier’s Best Friend does for the veterans in our community,” Roch said. “The generosity of our employees continues to impress me and with the launch of our CU West CARES Charitable Foundation, their impact can go even further.” 

To learn more about Soldier’s Best Friend, visit their website at  For more information about Credit Union West’s community giving, click HERE.  

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