By: Brian Wolfburg, President/CEO
VyStar Credit Union’s history is deeply rooted in service to our military and veterans. Since the day we were founded in 1952 on Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax), we have stayed true to those roots, supporting civil service and military employees and their families by sponsoring and participating in various military-focused events, charities and other initiatives each year.
It is my absolute honor and privilege to announce a new venture that will further solidify VyStar’s deep connection with our military and veterans, and that will allow us to support our local service members in new ways. In February, VyStar reached a naming rights agreement with the City of Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Having received unanimous approval from the Jacksonville City Council in March, the arena—which hosts countless concerts, sporting events and more each year—is now known as VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
In addition to being the first agreement of its kind to be reached for the arena, the naming rights agreement will provide for several veteran support initiatives. One such initiative is the concessions donation program, which will allow arena patrons to make donations to an approved veteran program when making a purchase at the arena’s concession stands. These donations will then be matched by VyStar up to $50,000 annually.
Additionally, there will be a discount for veterans and VyStar members on their concession ($1 off each concession item), ticket and parking purchases when they use their VyStar debit or credit card and/or present proof of their veteran status. Veterans and VyStar members will also be included in ticket presale opportunities, making it possible for them to purchase tickets ahead of the public. Lastly, VyStar will fund the design and construction of a planned veterans memorial inside the arena, as well as host a quarterly veterans appreciation lunch or breakfast at the arena.
I am honored to have VyStar’s name alongside that of our brave veterans on the arena. Both of our missions, to serve and recognize our great military, could not be more aligned. Based on VyStar’s deep roots in the military community, past and present, I can’t imagine a more suitable naming partnership.
Other recent examples of VyStar’s ongoing support of our military include the USO PathfinderSM Transition Service Center located inside VyStar’s NAS Jax branch. VyStar provided the space and fully funded the buildout of the new center, which is the very first of its kind in Jacksonville—and in Florida. This new facility serves as a resource for service members who need assistance when transitioning out of the military and into civilian life. VyStar has also provided longstanding sponsorship of Military Appreciation Luncheons in Duval and Clay counties, as well as the annual Military Appreciation Night at Adventure Landing.
I invite you to learn more about VyStar’s military history and continuing support of the military community by visiting www.vystarcu.org/MilitarySupport. We are privileged to serve our troops, and we will continue to support them in any way we can.
In addition to being a testament to our gratitude for our great military, this new partnership with the Veterans Memorial Arena serves as another opportunity for VyStar to thank our members—as well as demonstrate our commitment to our community and to the revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville. We appreciate your service as well as your membership, and we look forward to sharing the excitement of this new endeavor with you.
Brian E. Wolfburg,
VyStar Credit Union