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Education
8:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI

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On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri.  He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.

He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.

Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian. 

Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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RI News
2:29 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Last RI National Guard Member To Serve In Vietnam Retires

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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.

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.

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RI News
9:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Sixth Rhode Islander Lost in The War On Terror

Six Rhode Islanders have died in military action since the start of the 'War on Terror'
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Rhode Island has lost a sixth soldier to the war on terrorism. The Rhode Island  National Guard has announced the death of Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill in Afghanistan.

Sergeant McGill lived in Ramsey, New Jersey but was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard.  He was assigned to company A 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces.  He was killed Saturday from wounds received by small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan.

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Politics
8:19 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Cicilline: Public Outcry Will Force Lawmakers to Act

Congressman David Cicilline
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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.

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Politics
7:53 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Reed Praises Hagel as Secretary of Defense

US Senator Jack Reed
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Senator Jack Reed says Chuck Hagel  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.

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