Angelo T. De Fazio joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was assigned to the 321st Bombardment Group and 448th squadron. Sergeant De Fazio was stationed in Africa, Italy and Corsica where his airbases were attacked multiple times by Germans. In Italy he was promoted to B-25 crew chief where his name was proudly displayed along the side of his plane “Lucia”. Sergeant De Fazio also survived two plane crashes, which resulted in significant back problems.
“I never thought of myself as disabled. I always resisted that stigma knowing there were people out there who were much worse off than I am. All I did was serve my country to the best of my ability. I considered myself lucky to get out as good as I did,” said Sergeant De Fazio.
Today DAV Flight Team has helped Sergeant De Fazio realize that no injury is too small.
“It isn’t uncommon for veterans to feel this way. Veterans of all ages have been lead to believe that after their time in the military they will not receive any further government assistance. That’s where we come in,” says DAV Department of New York adjutant Donald A. Sioss
All DAV services are free to all veterans and their family members in order to assist veterans in getting the benefits they’ve earned. Just as Sergeant De Fazio was on an important mission in WWII, the B-25 “Panchito”
DAV, representing more than 1.3 million disabled veterans, is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to one, single purpose: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served
For more information about Disabled American Veterans go to www.dav.org or follow the DAV Flight Team at www.facebook.com/
To learn more about the DAV Flight Team or to schedule an interview, contact, Kerry Ward 415-580-2704. For downloadable photos of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, go to www.davflightteam.com (http://www.davflightteam.blogspot.com/