My name is Lori Tantawi and my husband and I currently live in New Orleans, LA with our two small dogs. We first met in 2007 while we were both stationed at Fort Drum, NY. He was serving as a Platoon Leader in Iraq and I was a Military Intelligence Captain assigned to the Aviation Brigade. During his deployment, he found my profile on MySpace and contacted me. Upon his return from Iraq, we started dating and have been together ever since. In 2010, I medically retired from the US Army and Ibrahim was reassigned to New Orleans, LA. We fell in love with the city of New Orleans and we decided to purchase out first home here. In early 2014 Ibrahim deployed to Afghanistan. Since he was deployed I decided I wanted to surprise him by renovating the backyard. Realizing I needed a lot of help accomplishing this, I contacted Fix It and Finish It and they were gracious enough to help me. During the taping of the show, Ibrahim was deployed to Afghanistan, however on 5 August he was wounded in an attack and is currently stateside recovering from his injuries. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals.
I was truly blessed by this entire experience. All the casting directors, producers, designers, landscapers and contractors were amazing to work with. They filled my home and my heart with a lasting positive energy. Antonio was simply unbelievable, I was in awe of his energy and enthusiasm as he and the other cast members worked non-stop in the hot sun. Deployments are very difficult and it was a blessing to have my once empty feeling house filled with such love and positive emotions.
As a Wounded Warrior, this experience has given me a renewed since of hope and purpose towards combating my illness and using my God given strengths