Organization provides a home for wounded Weare veteran
Staff Sgt. Matthew DeWitt and his fiancÚ Catrina are seen atop Mt. Washington. Homes for Our Troops is building a specially adapted house in Weare for DeWitt, who was injured in Iraq in 2003. (COURTESY)
DeWitt lost both arms at the elbow, damaged his eardrums and required skin grafts to his face, legs and arms after an attack in Khalidiyah, Iraq, in July 2003.
“What Homes for our Troops and its supporters is doing is amazing,” DeWitt said. “We’re so grateful that we’ll have a home built around my needs.”
He still enjoys cycling, mountain biking and hunting and is training to compete on the Paralympic cycling team. Spending time with his family is most important to DeWitt and he’s looking forward having a specially-adapted home where he can live independently with his fiancé Catrina and his two children.
“We don’t see this home as a charity,” said Timothy P. McHale, president and CEO of Homes for Our Troops. “We see this as a moral obligation to care for those like SSG DeWitt who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom and independence.”
Phil Mastroianni has been involved with veterans’ issues since founding Fabrizia Spirit about five years ago. Around that time his friend returned from Iraq and Mastroianni witnessed first-hand the difficulties a returning veteran faces. It made him more appreciative of the sacrifices others were making, he said.
Throughout the month of May, Salem-based Fabrizia Spirits is donating $5 to Homes for Our Troops for every 750 ml bottle of Fabrizia Limoncello or Fabrizia Blood Orange sold at any New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet.
The state liquor commission allowed Fabrizia Spirits the flexibility and support to make the campaign a success, Mastroianni said, even providing floor space to stack cases and get greater visibility.
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