Neil Daniel, a Morton Grove resident wins Iraqi war medal; meets with Durbin

SHARE Neil Daniel, a Morton Grove resident wins Iraqi war medal; meets with Durbin

below, release from Durbin….


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Neil Daniel of Morton Grove who was awarded the Defense of Freedom medal earlier today. The Defense of Freedom medal – the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart – is given to civilians who are wounded or killed in action while serving with the U.S. armed forces.

“Neil Daniel has given so much in service to our nation. I am honored to have been able to meet with him and his family this afternoon,” said Durbin.

In 2008, Daniel was working in Iraq as a translator for an Army battalion. As he was leaving a government meeting, one of the Iraqi council members opened fire in an effort to assassinate his battalion commander. Daniel suffered extremely severe wounds, including a traumatic brain injury. Two soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the attack. Daniel has had multiple surgeries since his return to the U.S.

Daniel was born in Iraq. During the Iraq-Iran war, he and his family travelled north towards the Kurdish regions and made their way into Iran, where they were detained by the Iranian government, interned in a camp in southern Iran, and deported to Syria. Neil ultimately made it to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen in 1997.

The Latest
A doe and fawn ambling through the northwest suburbs and signs of a big-coho year on Lake Michigan are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
And that’s not the only problem at an office where the assistant will make less than the trainee, and the boss is overlooking her main responsibilities.
He’s investing in an insurance brokerage while serving as the General Assembly’s Insurance Committee chairman. That can’t be good for Illinoisans.
The Portage Park restaurant run by a father-son team has grown its menu offerings since opening in 2022 and added a bookstore, selling Polish, Italian, French, Spanish and English books.
This stretch of Michigan Avenue is rebounding post-COVID and adapting to today’s consumers, who crave experiences more than products, writes the managing director of 360CHICAGO.