Nevertheless, the veteran had adjustments to make due to his disabilities. Every single bone in his left leg had been broken in the mortar blast. So Luciano had to rely on the assistance of a cane to walk. He also struggled with hearing and vision loss and, not surprisingly, post-traumatic stress disorder. At one point, doctors even warned Luciano that he may even need to have his leg amputated in the future.
Consequently, the veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan had applied for a service dog to help him get around more easily. But by the time November 2016 rolled around, Luciano had been on the waiting list for 18 months and still had not received the support animal. Instead, his 28-year-old daughter, Sonia, had become his round-the-clock caregiver.
Sonia revealed to the military caregivers charity Hidden Heroes that she had started caring for her dad full-time when her mother felt unable to shoulder the responsibility. “It was my obligation as his daughter and an American citizen to help my father who was in need of assistance,” she stated on the Hidden Heroes website. “One of the most significant things I’ve learned is how to fight for what the veteran needs, and make sure those needs get fulfilled.”