WaterStone Bank gives VetsNet a generous grant as its new Technology Sponsor

A $45,000 grant will be paid by WaterStone Bank in $15,000 payments in each of the next three years. The bank issued this statement along with the presentation of the first check: “WaterStone Bank is proud to support Wisconsin Veterans Network and their mission to provide veterans with the services they are entitled to. The bank is pleased to be the Technology Sponsor, enabling VetsNet to purchase new equipment, develop their network and continue to provide services more efficiently.”

Quentin Hatfield, VetsNet's executive director, said, "We are extremely grateful for the partnership with WaterStone Bank. We are, by definition, a network, and technology is key. This grant will allow us to upgrade our software and hardware to handle future expansion of services."

VetsNet plans to use the grant to streamline record keeping, both internally with staff and with the partner agencies who help veterans and veteran families in crisis. Hatfield said that privacy is paramount and the funds will let them install the best protection for their vets' private information, even as they digitize those files in a modern, more paperless, environment.

(Note: A second WaterStone grant, this time local, followed within days from WaterStone's West Allis community president, Gina Rafenstein. The bank's West Allis team donated $1000 for general operations in 2018.)

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Liz Haagensen, Community Relations Coordinator for WaterStone Bank, presents the Technology Grant to VetsNet Executive Director, Quentin Hatfield