HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) – An army veteran who was deported to his native Italy is fighting to be reunited with his Connecticut family, reports WFSB-TV.

Arnold Giammarco  lived in the United States for 53 years. After serving in the army as a non-citizen, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

Giammarco was sent to Italy in 2012 after serving time in jail for a drug and larceny conviction from years before.

He is now seeking a pardon and humanitarian parole so he can return to Connecticut for one year.

“Arnold was given a lifetime exile from his family for non-violent offenses,” said his wife, Sharon Giammarco. “As much as his absence devastates me, I think about our daughter Blair. A little girl knows no better hero than her daddy.”

Sharon said she is working three jobs to support her daughter, Arnold’s 84-year-old mother, who suffers from a terminal heart condition, and his 91-year-old father, who has dementia.

A previous pardon application was denied.

Deputy Chief State’s Attorney Leonard Boyle told Giammarco’s lawyers the state will not oppose the pardon application, according to a press release.

Garry Monk, executive director of the National Veteran’s Council for Legal Redress, is urging “the government to permit an upstanding veteran to return to the country he served honorably, the family that needs him, and the only home he knows.”

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