In an effort to provide critically needed financial services information to military veterans, Wells Fargo Consumer Loan Underwriter Mark Field will present its online financial literacy program, Hands on Banking to a group of former homeless military veterans at The MANA House, the transitional housing facility for the Madison Street Veterans Association ( on Jan. 6.

Hands on Banking is a free program available online and through CD ROMs with easy-to-use Instructor Guides.  The program, available in English and Spanish, teaches people in all stages of life about the basics of responsible money management, including how to create a budget, rebuild credit, save and invest, borrow responsibly, buy a home, establish a small business, and for service members, how to create a financial plan for deployment.  It contains no links to Wells Fargo products or services.

In addition to the Hands on Banking program, Field will also present information about Wells Fargo’s Worldwide Military Banking program, available to military service personnel and veterans.   Worldwide Military Banking offers a full-range of financial products and services specifically designed to meet the needs military service personnel, veterans, and their families.

“Today’s financial world is very complex compared to what it was even 10 years ago,” said Field.  “Consumers used to maintain only checking and savings accounts.  Today they have to understand a wide range of banking, investment and lending products.  Hands on Banking provides individuals with money skills they need for life.  Armed forces personnel and veterans have a special place in our hearts and we welcome any opportunity to assist them with the financial needs.”

Field is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving for eight years on submarines.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management.  In 1996, Field was appointed by former Arizona Governor Fife Symington to serve as an advisor.  He is a 15-year veteran of the financial services industry currently serving as a consumer loan underwriter for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.