SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Army Specialist Joseph Gucciardi was awarded the Purple Heart on Tuesday for wounds received in combat during his tour in Afghanistan in December of 2009.
Gucciardi was pinned during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Springfield City Hall. He said, “I’m very proud of my time in the army. I know that the events leading up to and proceeding this event have helped me to be a wonderful father, student and just overall individual that I am today.”
Gucciardi is currently a senior at Western New England University, where he is studying engineering. He said he hopes to one day work for the VA and help disabled veterans, many of whom received the same award.