The following photo of Arnold Giammarco was provided by his family.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -
A recently deported United States Army veteran is fighting to reunite with his wife, daughter and parents here in Connecticut.
Former Army Sgt. Arnold Giammarco served in the military as a legal non-citizen, and lived in the United States for 53 years. He is now seeking a pardon and humanitarian parole so he can come back to Connecticut for one year to be with his family.
Today, Arnold's wife Sharon made a plea to have her husband come back home to her, their 5-year-old child and his ailing parents.
The Army veteran was sent to Italy back in 2012 after being convicted and serving time in jail for a drug and larceny conviction from years earlier. The Yale Law School clinic is representing Giammarco, and said he has already served his time for his crimes, and served his country and was honorably discharged, and turned his life around.
"Arnold was given a lifetime exile from his family for non-violent offenses. As much as his absence devastates me, I think about our daughter Blair. A little girl knows no better hero than her daddy," Sharon Giammarco said.
Arnold Giammarco has applied for a pardon before but was unsuccessful. A press release said Sharon works three jobs to support her and her daughter, and his 84-year-old mother suffers from a terminal heart condition and his 91-year-old father has dementia.
Deputy Chief State's Attorney Leonard Boyle said in a letter to Giammarco's lawyers, a press release said, that the state's attorneys have weighed in and do not oppose the pardon application.
Garry Monk, executive director of the National Veteran's Council for Legal Redress said in the release that he urges "the government to permit an upstanding veteran to return to the country he served honorably, the family that needs him, and the only home he knows.
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