veteran en Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals <p>Throughout the state Monday there were parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the veterans who have passed away.&nbsp; For the living there were free meals at several local restaurants.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Fire and Ice Restaurant at Providence Place Mall has been serving up free meals to veterans on Veterans Day for the past three years. This year, they expanded the freebie to include immediate family members as well. Restaurant manager Brian Ahlquist said it’s their way of saying thanks to those who have served out country in uniform.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:48:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 24671 at Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At 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 RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI West Warwick Veterans Home Named After Fallen RI Marine <p>A housing facility for disabled veterans will be dedicated Tuesday afternoon to a fallen Rhode Island Marine.</p><p>Seven years ago today, Marine Sgt. Brian St. Germain was riding in a truck across Iraq when it rolled over in a flash flood. The Rhode Island chapter of Operation Stand Down is honoring St. Germain’s life and service, by putting his name on its West Warwick facility for homeless and disabled veterans.</p><p>Operation Stand Down’s Tony DeQuattro says this is part of a push that started two years ago to rename all of their facilities after fallen troops.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:11:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 12880 at