For Immediate Release and Armed Services YMCA form Strategic Alliance

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WASHINGTON, DC, and SAN FRANCISCO - (, the largest and most comprehensive online destination for the military community, announces an exclusive worldwide partnership with Armed Services YMCA. now has an on- and offline presence in ASYMCA centers located on or near 30 major military installations around the world. Those who use ASYMCA centers get the benefit of's powerful collection of digital solutions such as:

  • Daily Military News and Weekly Newsletters
  • Pay & Benefits Resources
  • Free Email
  • Financial Tools and Information
  • Career Advancement and Transition Assistance
  • Military Relocation Resources 
  • Space Available Travel Guides and Travel Discounts

"Armed Services YMCA and have a similar goal: to serve and support our military and their families," said Christopher Michel, CEO of "This relationship extends our geographic and online reach with a trusted partner."

Additionally, is working with ASYMCA to enhance the online user experience as they provide social, educational, and recreational programs that support the military community. 

"We're pleased to be able to link up with and gain an expanded online presence," noted retired Rear Adm. Frank Gallo, ASYMCA executive director. "We believe this partnership will be a powerful demonstration of how service organizations can leverage the power and reach of the Internet."

YMCA work with the military began several years before the Civil War, when it set up a small library on a Navy training ship in Portsmouth, Va. Work with American troops expanded dramatically during the Civil War, when a group of YMCAs formed what they called the "U.S. Christian Commission" which marshaled the services of more than 5,000 volunteers. They served alongside the troops on the battlefields, in hospitals and POW camps, and in support of activities for troops in the north and south. Today more than 60 program locations are operated across the nation, and the Armed Services YMCA National Board continues to expand programs into areas where needs have been identified by local military leaders. ASYMCA of the USA is headquartered in Springfield, Va. 

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