By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — SALEM — A Rhode Island veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan will benefit from sales of Fabrizia Limoncello and Blood Orange through May 27.
It’s the fourth year Phil and Nick Mastroianni have participated in the Homes for Our Troops fundraiser. They donate 25 percent of the purchase price from each bottle sold in New Hampshire in the month before Memorial Day.
To date, the company has contributed more than $8,000.
“We do this program because we’re an ‘Italian-American’ limoncello,” Phil Mastroianni said. “I also will never forget that at the same time I was starting Fabrizia in Salem, my best friend, James Duffy of Boston, was deployed in Iraq. It was clear to me then, as it still is now, that his service and the many men and women who defend our country made it possible for me to live out my dream of creating a limoncello company.”
Homes for Our Troops is a national, nonprofit organization, dedicated to building homes for veterans with serious injuries who returned home after Sept. 11, 2001. The homes are provided at no cost to the veterans.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs at the hip after stepping on an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on July 31, 2011.
The Burrillville, R.I., resident was helping clear a landing zone in preparation for the evacuation of an injured fellow soldier when his foot hit an IED pressure plate, triggering an explosion, according to Homes for Our Troops.
Dubois, who is married, told Homes for Our Troops a home without barriers could make all the difference to his future.
“Having a specially adapted home will benefit me greatly because it will help improve my daily living challenges,” Dubois told the organization. “It will improve my life overall, making me more independent and it will give me a better quality of life.”
His future plans include gunsmith school — and a family.
The Salem distillery, located on Industrial Way, added blood orange liqueur to its line late last year. It’s available, along with the limoncello, in all New Hampshire liquor stores. Both liqueurs retail for just under $20 for a 750 ml bottle.