Residents Work To Help Injured Soldier


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Brendan Marrocco, when he joined the Army.

Mary Bovich’s nephew Richard Kilcoyne is a soldier who served in Iraq. On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 his platoon was returning from a night mission when it was attacked. One solider died and two were injured, one of them a young man from Staten Island, Brendan Marrocco, who lost both arms and both legs, and suffered extensive injuries to his neck and face.

Bovich and her brother, Anthony D’Annunzio, who also lives in Verona, visited Marrocco during his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Now, they and several others are helping to raise funds for his rehabilitation. They recently ran in the Tower to Tunnel Run in New York City, and dedicated part of the proceeds to The Brendan Marrocco Road to Recovery Trust. They are planning other fundraisers, but they hope, in the meantime, that their fellow Verona residents will take a minute to learn about Marrocco and his efforts to rebuild his life and possibly find their own ways to raise money for the Trust. You can read all about it on the Trust’s Web site here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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