JOHNSTON, Iowa - Approximately 30 Iowa bankers signed statements of support for the National Guard and Reserve after hearing Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta speak during the Iowa Bankers Association's (IBA) annual convention Sept. 17 at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines. A native of Iowa, Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service during an attack by insurgent forces in Afghanistan in 2007. He is the first living recipient of the honor since the Vietnam War.
"It is truly an honor to meet Sal Giunta. Hearing about his harrowing experience makes you appreciate the commitment of our country's service men and women, and his bravery is an inspiration," said John Sorensen, president and CEO of the IBA. "It is also an honor for our member banks to have the opportunity to show their support of those who serve our country, and I am proud to see Iowa bankers signing statements of support for the National Guard and Reserve."
The following Iowa banks signed statements with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) during the convention:
Bank Midwest, Spirit Lake; Cedar Valley Bank & Trust, La Porte City; Cherokee State Bank, Cherokee; Community Bank, Dunlap; Community Bank, Indianola; Community National Bank, Waterloo; Decorah Bank & Trust Co, Decorah; Fairfax State Savings Bank, Fairfax; Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank, Lone Tree; Farmers & Merchants; Savings Bank, Manchester; Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer; Farmers State Bank, Keota; Federation Bank, Washington; Fidelity Bank & Trust, Dubuque; First National Bank, Creston; First National Bank, Greenfield; First State Bank, Sumner; Green Belt Bank & Trust, Iowa Falls; Iowa State Bank, Wapello; Iowa State Savings Bank, Creston ; Keystone Savings Bank, Marengo; KSB Bank, Keokuk; Liberty Trust & Savings Bank, Durant; Lincoln Savings Bank, Reinbeck; Maquoketa State Bank, Maquoketa; Peoples Savings Bank, Crawfordsville; Peoples Savings Bank, Wellsburg; Security State Bank, Independence; US Bank, Dubuque; Washington State Bank, Washington.
Richard Rue, chair of the Iowa ESGR, said, "I wish to thank the IBA for the outstanding support they have shown for the ESGR organization and our veterans. This was a very moving tribute, and I appreciate Iowa banks' commitment to our men and women in uniform. I have been doing this for about eight years now and have never seen such an outpouring of support."