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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014
U.S. Army Specialist Gregory Corvo recently completed a four-year enlistment that included a one year deployment to Afghanistan and a deployment in Kuwait.
Corvo, of Cromwell, told a reporter from the Middletown Press that he joined the military because he had several relatives, including grandparents, who had been in military service. He also said he "felt very blessed and privileged" to have grown up in America, "and I felt I hadn't sacrificed much."
Corvo was in a convoy driving a transport vehicle, when it was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The vehicle was heavily damaged and he sustained injury to his shoulders, rib cage and leg. He was also involved in a rescue of personnel from another IED attack that happened shortly after on another vehicle in their convoy. For his injuries sustained in battle, Corvo was awarded the Purple Heart.
Asked how he felt about being recognized by the Red Cross, Corvo said he was honored. He noted a past connection to the Red Cross when he received a Red Cross Message regarding a family health emergency and was able to be home within 24 hours.