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fifth-third-bank*1200xx1360-765-0-73Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan) is honoring military heroes by presenting the inaugural Fifth Third Bank Vets Fest.

It will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7 at Hart Plaza located at 1 Hart Plaza in Detroit. Admission is free.

The Fifth Third Bank Vets Fest is a gala that will feature a warming tent, music, military machinery, food booths and tables staffed by agencies that provide services to veterans and their families. The Fifth Third Bank Vets Fest will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Detroit Veterans Parade, which takes place along Jefferson Avenue and concludes at Hart Plaza at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Veterans causes are among the key community relations initiatives for Fifth Third Bank. This support culminates in a very public way each November, the month of Veterans Day, according to David Girodat, regional president for Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan).

“Americans cannot do enough to thank our heroes for their service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Girodat said. “By expanding the downtown Detroit festivities traditionally held the weekend before Veterans Day, we are hoping more people will attend and give our brave soldiers the respect they deserve.”

Fifth Third Bank veterans initiatives and benefits include:

. Refurbishing Veterans’ Homes – Partnering with Rebuilding Together to refurbish the home of a low income veteran. On November 6, Fifth Third Bank will renovate a home in Hazel Park. Fifth Third Bank employees also provide sweat equity and do many of the enhancements themselves.

. Hiring Our Heroes – Hiring veterans directly or helping them find jobs through the Fifth Third Bank Jobseekers Toolkit.

. Military Banking unique banking privileges and benefits to all military families including active duty, retired, reserve/guard and

veterans.

. VA Loans for Veterans – VA loans are government-insured loans offered to qualifying veterans of the armed services, those currently in active duty or in Reserves, and widows and widowers of veterans.

. SBA Patriot Express Loan – Small Business Administration Patriot Express Loan is for veterans and members of the military community that want to establish or expand small businesses. Patriot Express loans can be used for most business purposes, and current spouses or widowed spouses of a service member or veteran also may be eligible to participate. Lending subject to credit review and approval.

Spots are available for agencies that provide support to veterans and their families that would like staff a table. To inquire about reserving a free table at the Fifth Third Bank Vets Fest, contact Jack Riley at 248-603-0304.

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