When the family car broke down, VFW was there to get the Tarantinos back on the road

Tarantino family

Reliable transportation is something moms just can’t live without. Just ask 34-year-old Marie Tarantino from Fond du Lac, Wis.

When her husband Sgt. Paul Tarantino deployed to Iraq last May, this mother of four didn’t expect the car to break down during his tour.

“The car was literally falling apart,” said Marie. “The brakes and rotors were all bad. The tires were bald. The struts were shot, and the key was stuck in the ignition!”

With the help of a VFW Unmet Needs grant, Marie was able to have the family car repaired without breaking the budget.

“I shared my story at a Family Readiness Group (FRG) meeting, and I was really heard,” said Marie. “Shortly after, VFW representative David Behrend contacted me, helped me fill out the application and answered all of my questions. He was my guardian angel!”

Since receiving the grant, the load on Marie’s shoulders is much lighter.

“I was really stressed!” said Marie. “I constantly had to wonder how much longer our car would last. I could never express the extent of our gratitude.

“The soldiers and their families really appreciate the kindness. Because of you, my husband can concentrate on his mission without worrying about repairs and expenses at home.”



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