The Price of Freedom, let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many and in particular America who gives so much for all to enjoy our freedom. Mary Tallouzi, is an amazing American lady and mother whom I am proud to call a friend. Read her story below and always remember that freedom is not free. Thank You Mary and Thank You America – David Snow “You don’t have to support the war to support the soldier”
The explosion sent a piece of shrapnel into the brain of U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi on Sept. 25, 2006.
His days of fighting in the Iraq War were over. His days of fighting for his existence were just starting.
His mother, Mary Tallouzi, recounted her son’s struggle in an address Friday before the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Chippewa Falls.
Mary Tallouzi spoke on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded veterans make the transition to civilian life. The organization has been around for 11 years, and now has 22 offices.
When her son was wounded, Mary Tallouzi became his caregiver. Daniel was in a comatose state.
But there was progress. “He said my favorite word — ‘Mom.’” she said.
She struggled to find him quality care in military medical facilities. That struggle was noted in an article in the New York Times.
He secured quality medical care after moving to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
But that was not enough. Sgt. Tallouzi died Feb. 28, 2009.
Mary Tallouzi said her son’s death gave her a moment of reflection, when she thought of other families of wounded soldiers.
She recalled one severely wounded soldier, who went on to be granted custody of his baby girl. “He’s just functioning and living life to the fullest,” she said. He has found his inner strength.
She said the Wounded Warrior Project helps soldiers make the adjustment to a new life.
“It is about preparing the warrior of the military for success in his private life,” she said.
She added: “It is not about surviving. It is about thriving.”
Wisconsin’s top soldier for the National Guard, Major Gen. Donald Dunbar, had a simple message for the gathered leaders of Chippewa County businesses: Hire a veteran because it’s good business.
“I don’t suggest charity and I don’t suggest you give anyone anything,” Dunbar said.
Applicants go through a rigorous process before they are accepted into the National Guard, he said. “You have to earn the right to wear that uniform.”
He added: “Never in our nation’s history has the National Guard been this good.”
Veterans bring value to the job because of their integrity, he said. They can be trusted to carry out orders and to get things done while working in a team atmosphere.
He urged the business leaders at the least to interview veterans, to find skills they learned in the military that may not appear on a resume.