Military Appreciation Month
Chelsea Groton Bank MAY 2015

Mutual Matters



Supports Military Families in May and Throughout the Year 

Devyn's CharmIt was 16 years ago that Congress designated the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. The purpose of this designation was, according to, "to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present."

In honor of Military Appreciation Month this May, Chelsea Groton Bank made a donation to Devyn's Charm, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization located in Groton. Devyn's Charm provides military families who have children that need extended hospital stays with "Charm Chests." The chests include goodies and gift cards for the non-medical costs that quickly add up, such as gas, food and parking.

The organization was formed when a local Navy family learned that one of their twin daughters, Devyn, was born with a rare genetic disorder. Throughout Devyn's first months and years of life, the family made countless trips to area hospitals. They received the support of family and friends to help with the costs associated with giving their daughter the best care possible, while still working hard to raise their other two girls. The community was inspired by the strength of the little girl, and Devyn's family was inspired by the generosity of the community.

In keeping with the spirited support they received, Devyn's family started an organization where they could pass that love and generosity on to others. Over the last two years, Devyn's Charms has presented baskets to military families with loved ones at Yale-New Haven's Children Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Hasbro Children's Hospital, and they hope to continue to expand their reach.

Chelsea Groton Bank is proud to support Devyn's Charm and wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to all military service members and their families for the sacrifices they make, including our own team members Chuck Erdmann and Peter Rogan.

Chuck served our country from 1979 through 2011. He was active duty during his first five years when he spent over three years at Langley Air Force Base, VA, and one year in Iceland. He then entered the Connecticut Air National Guard, where he specialized in aerospace ground equipment. Chuck ended his career in Quality Assurance as an inspector. He was re-activated for the 2003 war campaign, during which time he was stationed in South West Asia.

Peter served from 1973 through 1975 in the US Army. He was a first lieutenant at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD and at the US Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, MI. While in Michigan, Peter mostly worked on budget matters related to research and development for projects like designing and building surface-to-air missile launchers. He received the Army Commendation Medal in 1975 before leaving the military to begin his career in banking.

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