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Citizens Bank and Military Warriors Support Foundation Present Home to Local Military Veteran

DETROIT, May 07, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the community, Citizens Bank is partnering with Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) in donating a newly renovated, mortgage-free house in Michigan to a combat-wounded military veteran and his family.

The Livonia home – newly renovated by Citizens Bank colleagues and donated by the bank as part of its commitment to provide shelter to those in need in the community – was presented today to Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Blizinski for his honorable military service as a combat medic. Blizinski sustained combat injuries during his deployment to Afghanistan. He was awarded numerous medals for his service, including a Purple Heart, Combat Medic Badge, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars and Valorous Unit Award.

“We are proud to honor John’s brave service by providing a home for him and his family,” said Brad Conner, Vice Chairman and Head of Consumer Banking, Citizens Bank. “At Citizens Bank our colleagues are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work, and we are truly excited to have helped refurbish this home for John and his family.”

“The donation of this property by Citizens Bank advances our efforts to provide support to our nation’s heroes as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life,” said Casey Kinser, Senior Vice President for MWSF. “Thanks to the contributions of partners like Citizens Bank, we are changing lives for the better, not just for members of our armed services and their families, but for generations that follow.”

At a ceremony today, more than 60 Citizens colleagues lined the street to welcome Blizinski and his family to their new home. Representatives from Citizens Bank and Military Warriors Support Foundation...