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Finally Home: Wounded warrior receives new house

Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Vincent Gizzarelli shakes hands with Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, after the dedication ceremony of his family's brand new house, Jacksonville, N.C., Apr. 28. The house was built using supplies and donations from local businesses and various veterans' groups. Gizzarelli was medically retired from the Marine Corps after suffering traumatic brain injury and shrapnel wounds from multiple IED blasts that he sustained on his second tour to Iraq.



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This work, Finally Home: Wounded warrior receives new house [Image 2 of 12], by Sgt Bryan Nygaard, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.28.2012

Date Posted:05.02.2012 10:33

Photo ID:570591

VIRIN:120428-M-PH073-161

Resolution:4245x3141

Size:9.03 MB

Location:NC, US

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