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After storm loss, family to attend State of the Union with Sewell

A family who lost their home of 50 years to the Jan. 12 storm and tornado outbreak will be Sewell’s special guest.

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., delivers remarks during a Joint Session of Congress Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

A family who lost their home of 50 years due to the Jan. 12, storm and tornado outbreak will be the special guest of U.S. Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama during the upcoming State of the Union address this evening.

The house of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Annie Curry of Selma was completely destroyed due to the storms, according to a release from Sewell’s office, and the family has been displaced as a result.

Mr. Thomas Curry, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served for over 30 years, and Mrs. Annie Curry, a teacher, and counselor who spent two decades in education, have been married for over 60 years, with five children and seven grandchildren, according to the release.

“I am honored to have the Curry Family of Selma join me as my special guests for President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union Address,” said Rep. Sewell. “Tragically, the devastating January 12th storms completely destroyed the Currys’ home of over 50 years, displacing them from the place where they raised their five beautiful children.”

Sewell added that the Curry’s presence would be “emblematic of the resilience of Selmians” as well as the need for additional federal assistance in Selma and Dallas County to help the area recover after the storms on Jan. 12.

“The people of Alabama’s 7th District are strong, and the Curry Family is no exception,” Sewell said.

On Jan. 26, The Alabama Congressional Delegation penned a letter to Biden requesting an increase in federal assistance to those communities affected by the storms on Jan. 12. That assistance would come by raising the federal cost share for FEMA public assistance to 100 percent.

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John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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