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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Mario “Joe” Davis, a Kansas native, felt a calling to serve following the September 11 attacks. He served in three deployments, once to Afghanistan from 2003-2004 and twice to Iraq in 2005-2006 and 2008-2009.
Davis met his wife, Carrissa, while stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in 2007. They married later that year, as Davis was preparing for what would be his third and final deployment.
In 2010, the family moved to Fort Benning, Ga., where Davis began to show signs of loss of balance, strength, and movement on his left side. At just 28-years-old, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which doctors believe was a direct result of the traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder he endured while in service. He medically retired in 2013 after 11 years of service. Davis received numerous medals and commendations during his time in the Army, including the Combat Infantryman Badge and Army Commendation Medal.
Davis, Carrissa and their three children live in Waukesha. Davis received his bachelor’s degree this past fall and would like to pursue a career in the criminal justice field. Carrissa serves as her husband’s fulltime caregiver, but also has ambitions of starting a home-based bakery business.
Operation FINALLY HOME, in partnership with Belman Homes and the Metropolitan Builders Association, is honored to present the Davis family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in Waukesha