military http://ripr.org en Rhode Island National Guard Troops Returning Home http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-national-guard-troops-returning-home <p>A large group of Rhode Island National guardsmen is set to return from deployment Thursday and Friday.</p><p>About 120 members of the Air National Guard will return home; arriving at&nbsp;Quonset Point over the next two days. They’re members of the 143rd Airlift Wing unit, who’ve been stationed in South West Asia. They’ve been deployed for as many as six months, working as pilots, aircraft maintenance crews and support staff.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:06:30 +0000 John Bender 30039 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-seeks-preserve-ri-naval-and-sub-spending <p>Sen. Jack Reed has begun reviewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget. Reed is a member of the senate Armed Services Committee, which will play a role in passing legislation to enact the budget. He says he’s looking carefully for ways to balance the need to trim spending while ensuring the nation’s military can meet the new kinds of security threats it may face in the future.</p><p>For example, Reed says he hopes to maintain funding for Rhode Island-based military research.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:12:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29686 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals http://ripr.org/post/area-restaurants-thank-veterans-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 http://ripr.org Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals 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 Pawtucket To Honor Local Fallen Soldier http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-honor-local-fallen-soldier <p>The city of Pawtucket is getting ready to honor a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, Sergeant Dennis Poulin.</p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Army National Guard specialist Dennis Poulin grew up in Pawtucket.&nbsp; He died two years ago in Germany, where he was evacuated after his vehicle overturned. He was 26.</p><p>Next Monday, Veterans Day, a memorial honoring his life will be held at the entrance to Slater Park in Pawtucket.&nbsp;</p><p>Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will join Poulin’s mother, Doris, relatives and others to dedicate a stone monument.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:58:10 +0000 Flo Jonic 24244 at http://ripr.org 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 Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria http://ripr.org/post/reed-us-military-needs-intervene-syria <p>Senator Jack Reed says the United States needs to send Syria a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Reed’s comments came one day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there was – quote – “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing hundreds of civilians.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:23:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 20749 at http://ripr.org Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria The health costs of post-9/11 wars http://ripr.org/post/health-costs-post-911-wars <p>On this solemn anniversary, an <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/09/911">update </a>on the terrible costs of war, including the toll on veterans’ and their families’ lives, from the Brown University-based “Costs of War” project. The ongoing project taps academics of all stripes to tally up the myriad costs of post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, from the invisible and previously unaccounted for costs to taxpayers to the vastly under-reported costs in civilian lives, economies, and environments.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8292 at http://ripr.org