PenFed Credit Union donates $150,000 to the American Heritage Museum’s unique new exhibit

US Vietnam POWs honored at 50the Anniversary of the release from Hỏa Lò prison

Tysons, Virginia, January 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — PenFed Credit Union, the second largest federal credit union in the country, announced today that it has expanded its commitment to veteran prisoners of war and their families with a $150,000 donation to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Mass. The donation will support a unique exhibition at Hỏa Lò Prison honoring the hundreds of Vietnam prisoners of war who were subjected to years of captivity, enduring extreme torture, isolation and malnutrition.

“The American Heritage Museum’s Hỏa Lò exhibit is a truly harrowing and surreal experience that honors the extraordinary courage of Vietnam’s prisoners of war,” said James Schenck, president and CEO of PenFed Credit Union and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “It is important that Americans never forget those who fight for our freedom. Vietnam Veterans deserve this long awaited recognition for their service and sacrifice. Through the exhibit, generations to come can gain a deep understanding of the extreme conditions that prisoners of war experienced. His strength is unmatched.”

The exhibit features a reconstruction of the last two remaining original cells that housed Americans, including known veterans. John McCain, james stockdale, outbreak day Y joseph kittinger. He also highlights firsthand accounts and interactive exhibits. Museum visitors will experience a unique and intimate look at the physical and psychological challenges facing American prisoners of war during this tumultuous time.

“The cost of building an exhibit like this is monumental, and the museum can’t do it alone,” said the president of the American Heritage Museum. Rob Collins. “So we’re fortunate to have a partner like PenFed Credit Union that has stepped in to help make this possible for all of the veterans and for all of these younger generations that will come along and learn what it’s all about.”

About PenFed Credit Union
Established in 1935, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is the second largest federal credit union in the United States, serving 2.8 million members worldwide with $35.9 billion in assets. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading certificates, checking, credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, auto loans, student loans, and a wide range of other financial services. Our mission is to empower members of our community to achieve their financial well-being. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is a fair housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Are you interested in working for PenFed? Visit us on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer.

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