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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – On Thursday, November 10th, a police escort led Purple Heart recipient Retired Army Sergeant Josh Marino and his wife through Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood. His family, friends and new neighbors gathered around as the retired Sergeant and his wife accepted the keys to their new home.
Marino served at duty stations in Georgia, South Korea, Kansas and a combat deployment to Iraq, where he provided brigade-level communications.
While deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, SGT Marino was the recipient of a Purple Heart for being wounded while performing combat operations.
Now retired from the Army, he utilizes his Master of Science degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling by working with a research team dedicated to advancing the mobility and independence of fellow veterans and persons with disabilities. His place of work runs programs designed specifically for veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.
“In my opinion, I’m right where I’m supposed to be,” said Marino.
Marino and his family will enjoy a mortgage-free home thanks to PNC Bank in partnership with Military Warriors Support Foundation, through its Homes4WoundedHeroes program.
We both love Pittsburgh, and want to stay here well into the future. This house affords us a safe space that we can make home and raise our daughter in, without having a huge debt looming over us. It allows me to focus on the important things, like my growing family and supporting the other Veterans I work with.
- Josh Marino
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