WaterStone Bank honors vets through nonprofit partnerships

This Veterans Day, WaterStone Bank, Wauwatosa, Wis., will partner with 11 Wisconsin nonprofits to honor veterans.

Each nonprofitwill receive a $500 donation, and will have a display table in a WaterStone bank lobby throughout November.

“We are the land of the free because of the brave,” said Doug Gordon, WaterStone Bank president and CEO. “We are proud, and honored, at WaterStone Bank to give back to the men and women who fight for our freedom. We cannot thank them enough.”

The $1.8 billion bank recognizes veterans throughout the year through various services and outreach events. In 2015, WaterStone added veterans initiatives to its charitable giving focus, and the bank has since donated more than $400,000 to organizations that support the military and veterans. As a company, the bank partners with groups like the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

“WaterStone Bank’s partnership with the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce and Milwaukee Veterans Week allows us to empower military service members, veterans, and their families,” said Saul Newton, Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce executive director.

“Waterstone Bank is an example of how businesses can support and celebrate veterans in our community,” Newton said.

The branch-veteran group partnerships include: the Brookfield branch and the Feast of Crispian; Fox Point/North Shore branch and the Hometown Heroes; the Franklin/Hales Corners branch and Revitalize Milwaukee; the Germantown and Menomonee Falls branch and USO Wisconsin; the Greenfield branch and the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; the Oak Creek Branch and the Center for Veterans Issues; the Oconomowoc and Lake County branch and Guitars for Vets; the Pewaukee branch and Operation Finally Home; the Waukesha branch and the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation; the Wauwatosa branch and the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative; and the West Allis branch and Wisconsin Veterans Network.