February 24, 2009

Long Island National Guardsman to be Senator Gillibrand’s Guest at the State of the Union

First Lt. Louis Delli-Pizzi Met Gillibrand During Visit to Long Island Last Week

Washington, DC - A Long Island National Guardsman who recently returned from his second tour of duty will join New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the President's State of the Union address tonight.

First Lieutenant Louis Delli-Pizzi, a member of the National Guard's Fighting 69th infantry out of Huntington and Bay Shore, recently returned to his job as a detective for the New York City Police Department after spending the past year on duty in Afghanistan.  His previous tour of duty was in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

Senator Gillibrand and Delli-Pizzi met on Friday during Senator Gillibrand's visit to Long Island.  The two discussed ongoing economic recovery efforts and the need to create more jobs for veterans and men and women in uniform. Beth, Delli-Pizzi's wife, is the President of the Fighting 69th Family Readiness Group.

"I am pleased Lt. Delli-Pizzi is joining me for the State of the Union," said Senator Gillibrand. "The members of our military put their lives on the line to keep us safe, yet struggle to find jobs when they come home. I am working to provide job training and employment assistance to the men and women returning home and deliver the benefits our veterans have earned."

Senator Gillibrand also urged local employers to attend an upcoming job fair that the 69th Infantry is holding on Saturday. The job fair is intended to connect local combat veterans and families with local employers, social services, education and veteran's benefits. The event will begin at 11:30 at D Co 1/69 INF in Bay Shore.