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USAA Headquarters: A Tour of the Campus

I've just returned home from a couple of days at USAA HQ in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. USAA gave myself and several other mispouse and personal finance bloggers an all-expenses-paid trip out to tour their facilities, test drive some of their new innovations (and some preferred cars, too) and to participate in focus groups. As far as we know, this is the first time a corporation has hosted a group of bloggers, so we may have made a little history.

The past couple of days were incredible and it'll be difficult to get it all in, but I'm going to try. In this post, I'll post some photos of what we saw on the tour. In the next post I'm going to tell you about some of the services USAA is about to launch for its members.

My first reaction to the USAA campus was, "WOW!" It's an enormous complex and most of us thought it resembled the Pentagon inside, only people were happy instead of grumpy.... The grounds were magnificent and tranquil. Deer roam the campus. This is about as close as I could get to them (click to enlarge any photo):

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Below, I'm with Wendi from MyMilitaryLife and Mrs. G from Mudville just outside the main entrance to USAA HQ:

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The corridors of USAA are a virtual military history museum. They display everything from old military uniforms to POW/MIA bracelets to Three Medals of Honor (under very tight security). It's really incredible, and a constant reminder for their employees as to who they serve, and why.

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USAA has a full-service television studio. Below is the studio and media control room:

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The 14,000 employees who work in San Antonio are well taken care of. They have restaurants, dry cleaning services, child care and a state-of-the-art fitness center:

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A group photo of the entire delegation:

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Those present were:

Kate from The Paycheck Chronicles (and SposueBUZZ)

Hank fromMilitary Money Might

Janet from Military Money Matters

Ryan from The Military Wallet

Evette from Military Money Magazine

JMoney from Budgets are Sexy

Beth of Enlisted Spouse Radio/Homefront in Focus

Brandy from Army Wife Magazine

Wendy from My Military Life

Star and Janet fromArmy Wife Network

Dan from Military Avenue

Greta from Hooah Wife and Friends

Vivian from Blue Star Families

Kathie from Military Spouse Help

Mrs. G from Mudville Gazette

If you're interested in following the real-time chatter from all of us, our twitter hashtag was #usaabe.

More to come, much more....

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