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Supporting The Wall That Heals

Jason Donovan and Susan Magner 
Wakefield Co-operative Bank Veteran Affairs & Mortgage Specialist, Jason Donovan, recently presented Susan Magner, Director of North Reading Department of Veterans Services, with a donation to support The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Veterans Replica and Mobile Education Center coming to the area next month.

The Wall That Heals is a 375-foot, three quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington, D.C. bearing the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War.

The event, which is hosted by North Reading’s Veterans Department, Parks & Recreation Department, and The Wall That Heals Committee, will take place Thursday, August 15th – Sunday August 18th (closing Sunday at 3pm) at Ipswich River Park, 15 Central Street, North Reading. Admission is free and there will be education for all ages.

Both Donovan and Magner are Veterans themselves. Donovan is a former Naval Petty Officer, serving overseas as a Navy Corpsman, and is past President of Endicott College’s Veterans Club. He works with current Military, Veterans, and their families providing mortgages through Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s VA loan program and Everyday Heroes loan program.

Magner served in the USAF post-Vietnam and was the NCOIC of the Administration for the 320 Munitions Maintenance Squadron 3rd Bombardment Wing. She comes from a long line of Military that has covered every war since WWII and every branch of the military, and has four children: Jon, Chris, Kyle, and Giselle. Chris and Kyle served in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan together and Chris has been in the Marine Corps for 18 years serving 8 tours, 5 of them combat. The Magners are a Gold Star Family, having lost her Nephew and Brother Ret USMC 1st Sgt John Bernard’s only son, LCpl Joshua Bernard USMC, on August 14, 2009 in Afghanistan. Susan has been working as a Veterans Service Officer for 10 years and enjoys every moment helping out Troops, Veterans and their families.

About Wakefield Co-operative Bank
Wakefield Co-operative Bank (WCB) is a 130+ year old mutual institution headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts operating under a co-operative bank structure. Being a mutual means that it has no stockholders and issues no public offerings. Wakefield Co-operative Bank has two offices - one at 342 Main Street in Wakefield, MA and one at 596 Main Street in Lynnfield, MA. The bank is committed to its customers, community & local roots and knowing you by name. For more information on VA loan programs and the Everyday Heroes loan program, visit www.wakefieldcoop.com/EverydayHero or contact Jason Donovan at jdonovan@wcbbank.com.
About North Reading Veterans Department
The mission of the North Reading Veterans' Department is to advocate for the Veterans, Spouses, and their dependents. Veterans Agent provides outreach through the community to educate them on the assistance and services available through local, state and federal agencies.  The North Reading Veterans Department is committed to ensuring all Veterans and their dependents are served with the utmost courtesy, dignity, compassion, and respect while striving to render services and benefits in a timely manner. For more information, visit their website.