Afghanistan http://ripr.org en RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI http://ripr.org/post/ri-veteran-transitions-military-student-life-uri <p>On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri. &nbsp;He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.</p><p></p><p></p><p>He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.</p><p>Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian.&nbsp;</p><p>Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:56:31 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24612 at http://ripr.org RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI Last RI National Guard Member To Serve In Vietnam Retires http://ripr.org/post/last-ri-national-guard-member-serve-vietnam-retires <p>The last Rhode Island National Guardsman who first served in Vietnam has retired. Cpt. Richard Gaudet has been serving his country on and off for more than 40 years.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Now retired, U.S. Army Captain Richard Gaudet first joined the Army as a 17-year-old, that was in 1971. He was part of an aviation support unit in Vietnam. He then joined the Army Reserves, then after 9-11 he re-enlisted working as a training instructor with two deployments to Afghanistan. Gaudet turns 60 soon, the age mandatory retirement kicks in.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:29:18 +0000 Catherine Welch 24402 at http://ripr.org Last RI National Guard Member To Serve In Vietnam Retires Sixth Rhode Islander Lost in The War On Terror http://ripr.org/post/sixth-rhode-islander-lost-war-terror <p>Rhode Island has lost a sixth soldier to the war on terrorism. The Rhode Island&nbsp; National Guard has announced the death of Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill in Afghanistan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Sergeant McGill lived in Ramsey, New Jersey but was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard.&nbsp; He was assigned to company A 2<sup>nd</sup> Battalion, 19<sup>th</sup> Special Forces.&nbsp; He was killed Saturday from wounds received by small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:08:30 +0000 Flo Jonic 22085 at http://ripr.org Sixth Rhode Islander Lost in The War On Terror Cicilline: Public Outcry Will Force Lawmakers to Act http://ripr.org/post/cicilline-public-outcry-will-force-lawmakers-act <p>Congressman David Cicilline says the across the board spending cuts known as the sequester are a distraction from more important issues in Washington. He predicts that public outrage about the impact of across the board spending cuts will eventually lead to a new budget agreement.<br> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:19:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 11358 at http://ripr.org Cicilline: Public Outcry Will Force Lawmakers to Act Reed Praises Hagel as Secretary of Defense http://ripr.org/post/reed-praises-hagel-secretary-defense <p>Senator Jack Reed says Chuck Hagel&nbsp; will provide outstanding leadership heading up the Pentagon. Reed says this is a critical moment for the US with national security threats and a continuing presence in Afghanistan.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:53:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 11029 at http://ripr.org Reed Praises Hagel as Secretary of Defense