Say what you will about Fifth Third Bank, but they can’t be accused of neglecting veterans. They’re partnering with Camaraderie Foundation to collect and match all donations to them from Oct. 19 to Nov. 19.

Fifth Third Bank locations in Central Florida, Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville will collect and match donations to the foundation up to $10,000.

Camaraderie Foundation is an organization aiming to provide for the invisible wounds of war through therapy, emotional, and spiritual support. They provide scholarships for private counseling, community support networks, and mentor leadership programs for local military veterans and their families.

Currently, 200,000 veterans live in Central Florida. One in four active-duty service members experiences symptoms of PTSD, depression, or other mental maladies.

“We are honored to be able to serve our veterans, military, and their families,” said Barb Scherer, regional marketing director for Fifth Third Bank (North Florida). “By matching donations to help provide support, encouragement, and financial assistance, we hope to give back to those who have already given so much.”

Camaraderie Foundation Executive Director Terri Wallace said the donations greatly helped their cause.

“Through generous donations from supporters like Fifth Third Bank, we are able to serve veterans who need our help,” she said. “Every dollar given will allow us to continue making a more significant impact in our community.”

The press release also includes a story from a current Camaraderie Foundation client, Michelle Raia.

“Last November, I seriously considered suicide,” she said. “It has been a long journey back, and with the counseling provided, I am so much stronger and have the tools necessary to battle depression and anxiety. It has been a truly life-saving gift for me and my family.”

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