Veterans Outreach Committee

The First National Bank & Trust Veterans Outreach Committee is comprised of armed service veteran employees and additional employee volunteer members.  The Committee’s mission is to oversee and expand the Bank’s efforts in supporting and creating awareness for local veterans organizations and programs.

Committee veteran members: Matt Donovan, Mollie Welcenbach

2022 Activities

We were proud to support the UP Honor Flight Cycling Team "Ride of Honor" on their 200 mile trek by bicycle from the U.P. Veterans War Memorial at Pine Mountain to the American Legion Park in St. Ignace to raise funds for the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight program.
(Pictured L-R): First National Bank & Trust Veterans Outreach Committee Member Mollie Welcenbach; UP Honor Flight Cycling Team Members Melissa Wentarmini, Scott Lewellyn, John Jamar; First National Bank & Trust Veterans Outreach Committee Chair Matt Donovan
Pine Creek Woodworking is a new non-profit facility offering access to woodworking equipment at no cost to area seniors, veterans, and individuals interested in the woodworking trade. The Veterans Outreach Committee supported this project with a contribution to help purchase needed equipment.
(Pictured L-R): Pine Creek Woodworking Board Members Steve Pontbriand, John Fortier; First National Bank & Trust Business Bankers Jake Hogberg, Dale Cook; First National Bank & Trust Veterans Outreach Committee Chair Matt Donovan

As part of National Veterans and Military Family Appreciation Month, Dennis Lynch of the Dickinson County Area Veterans Alliance joined our employee veterans Mollie Welcenbach and Matt Donovan to receive a donation on behalf of the Veterans Outreach Committee.
During the month of November, First National Bank & Trust branches added green lights in support of Green Light A Vet, a campaign to establish visible national support by shining a green light for America's veterans.

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Gerald's Law:
The family of
veteran Gerald Elliott was denied burial benefits when he chose to pass at home rather than in a VA facility. Dickinson County Veterans Service Director Denise Formolo brought this to the attention of Representative Jack Bergman, who's fighting for Gerald's Law. Learn more from Denise:
Local armed service veterans qualify for many benefits and the Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisor program can help you navigate the process. For more details, contact Pam Basal at or call 202.987.3934.

Saturday, July 27
Veterans Appreciation Picnic-  Hosted by The Dickinson County Office of Veteran's Affairs
Lake Antoine Park, Iron Mountain

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First National Bank & Trust's downtown Iron Mountain location at 233 S. Stephenson Ave. offers a receptacle in the front vestibule to collect flags that are no longer able to be displayed due to age and wear. The collected flags will be  disposed by the American Legion with the proper Flag Retirement and Disposal Ceremony.

24/7, confidential crisis support for Veterans and their loved ones
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