Associated Bank recently treated a group of veterans and their guests to the Packers vs. Chargers game at Lambeau Field. For the third consecutive year, the Associated Veterans Network (AVN) has hosted 20 guests at a Packers game. The group met at the Associated Bank Center in Green Bay for tailgating and snacks before being bussed to Lambeau.

Customer Care System and Support senior and member of the AVN, James Ryberg, and his wife hosted the veterans while at the game. They enjoyed indoor seating, food and beverages, and the cheering of over 78,000 fans.

“Seeing their faces and hearing their thoughts during the event were truly priceless,” said Ryberg. “I’m honored to be a colleague at Associated Bank and a member of the AVN group.”

This year, veterans — most of which are customers — came from all over Associated Bank’s footprint.  Below are some of the comments from those who attended.

“I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at the Packer game. Associated Bank really went above and beyond to show appreciation to the veterans. I enjoyed mingling with all of the other veterans and their guests before the game. It gave it more of a family feel. I also enjoyed meeting all of the Associated Bank staff and thank them for taking time away from their family and weekend to make this event special and possible.”

“Our trip from Chicago to Green Bay was excellent. Associated Bank was a most generous host. From the initial meeting at the Corporate Headquarters, to the bus ride, and the game, to the return trip, was truly an enjoyable day. The tailgating, the fans (who were truly loving the Pack), and the view we had high atop Lambeau Field on the fifth level was amazing. My wife and I talked about all the fantastic guests you invited as we drove back to Naperville, Illinois. What an afternoon!”

“I am still in shock, to be honored, and given the reception, and goal post seating on deck 6. A special thanks to a young man about 10 years of age who was perfectly at ease helping my wife make hot cocoa for the two of us.  He also made sure the covers were on tight, thank you. If I live another 90 years this weekend will be tops! I just cannot find the words to express my thanks for the perfect "once in a life time" dream. Thank you.”

 “This was definitely a memory that I will never forget. Everything was planned out and went accordingly. It was truly amazing. The fact that we got to interact with different generations of veterans was great. I appreciate all my fellow veterans for what they have done and also for those that are still fighting the good fight.  I can't thank Associated Bank enough for giving us a chance to experience this type of event, and you did it in First Class style... amazing, simply amazing! Once again, thank you!”

The AVN is dedicated to providing support to military colleagues and community members by providing a resource for personal and professional development, and getting involved in programs and activities across Associated Bank’s footprint that support veterans, service members and their families.