November 5, 2015 3:35:49 pm
Money transfer is a vital service for members of the military. Often, when soldiers are deployed, families send money overseas to support spouses and children. Earlier this month, more than 8,530 veterans participated in conversations about money transfer (during October 1-15, 2015), according to research by Network Insights. These facts show how these services provide a vital lifeline of support between service members and their families from whom they are separated for long stretches of time.
Keeping this in mind, Western Union – a global leader in money transfer – is offering two special programmes to celebrate our military and honor Veterans Day. Western Union is waiving the money transfer fee for U.S. domestic sends for consumers who use the promo code “HERO,” pn November 11 in honor of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and is hosting a Veterans Career Open House on November 6.
Fee Free: On Wednesday, November 11, the company will offer ALL customers the opportunity to make qualifying U.S. domestic money transfers—and transfers to and from U.S. military bases around the world where Western Union has a retail Agent location–free of charge in honor of veterans and active service members. This offer is available only at Western Union retail Agent locations throughout the U.S., and customers using the promo code “HERO” will have the normal transaction fee waived. There is no dollar amount or limit for these “fee free” transactions.
To raise awareness of this promotion, Western Union is employing social media (including Facebook and Instagram), as well as their extensive network of Agents and robust customer relations management resources. Customers can visit wu.com to find an Agent location.
Veterans Career Open House: This free event takes place at Western Union’s corporate offices in Denver (12500 E. Belford Avenue Englewood, Colorado) on November 6, between 9:00am and 12:00pm. This event is open to all veterans, as well as guard, reserve and active service members.
Attendees will receive information on career opportunities available to military members, as well as useful career advice on resume tips, successful interviewing techniques, how to translate military skill and build an effective LinkedIn profile.
Another illustration of the importance of money transfer to military personnel is that Western Union currently has retail Agent locations on many military bases throughout the world. Military personnel, who are often Western Union customers, use money transfer in situations, such as:
- A new, younger service member who hasn’t established a checking account, receives funds for basic support and emergency needs (as a sender or receiver)
- A service member away on temporary assignment and who doesn’t want or need to establish a local checking account because they won’t be stationed at the location for a long period of time
- . Parents and family of active service members often wire money to the spouse and children to help out, as well.
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