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Hometown News: Retired 1st Sgt. Custodio

American Samoa native Edward Custodio, Jr., a retired 1st Sgt. with the U.S. Army has called for continued support and commitment to veterans, who have offered their lives to serve the United States Armed Forces.He is the son of Edward Custodio from Rhode Island and Pula Vaialo Custodio of Malaeloa, American Samoa. Custodio, Jr. is a 1984 graduate of Marist High School, and entered the military straight after. He currently resides in Arizona.Custodio is the Corporate Military/Field Operations Recruiter for Phoenix-based U-Haul International, who has been the sponsor of the New York City Veterans Day Parade for the last eight years.Custodio was interviewed by a New York City television station during the parade where he points out that U-Haul is committed to hiring veterans.The company, honored as one of the top Military Friendly Employers in the U.S. was invited by the city to speak at Madison Square Garden during the Veterans Day celebration and U-Haul gave Custodio the honor to address the crowd following the parade.Among the speakers and dignitaries at the event were New York City Major Michael Bloomberg and General David Patraeus, the Central Intelligence Agency director.\Our goal is to continue our commitment to our veterans and the many sacrifices they have endured for the freedom we humbly enjoy today