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VFW Post being dedicated to Cranston vet

Posted 9/8/21

By HERALD STAFF A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Warwick will be rededicated in honor of a late U.S. Army veteran from Cranston on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Warwick Memorial VFW Post 272, located at 840 West Shore

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A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Warwick will be rededicated in honor of a late U.S. Army veteran from Cranston on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Warwick Memorial VFW Post 272, located at 840 West Shore Road in the Conimicut neighborhood, will formally become known as the Sgt. Adam S. DeCiccio Warwick Memorial Post 272.

“Adam was a remarkable man who loved his country,” an announcement regarding the rededication reads.

The event begins at 1 p.m., and members of the public are invited to attend. Free parking will be available at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, located at 135 Beach Ave.

DeCiccio, who passed away late last year at age 37, served in Afghanistan and Iraq. A 2001 graduate of Cranston High School West, he began basic training in Georgia four days before the 9/11 attacks.

According to a biography, DeCiccio served for six years with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, including deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received numerous commendations over the course of his service.

“Adam struggled in his transition back to civilian life – the repercussions of sending a teenager to war,” the biography reads. “He sought something that would fill the void of the military and that would give his life meaning.”

DeCiccio earned a bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in 2012 and began working with the nonprofit organization Veterans Inc., assisting veterans with securing housing and employment. He was promoted to a supervisory with the organization, according to the biography, and also became an accredited service officer with the VFW in Rhode Island, helping veterans secure benefits.

“He was also actively involved in his VFW Post activities, heading an annual turkey drive which donated turkeys and gift cards to lend aid to veterans during the Thanksgiving holiday,” the biography reads.

In 2019, DeCiccio earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling from Salve Regina University. From there, he became a research health science specialist with the Providence VA Medical Center, focusing on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Adam was a leader – he guided men safely through some of the worst situations imaginable with confidence and poise,” the biography reads. “He dedicated his post-military life to other veterans and did so with enthusiasm and honor. He never hesitated when a fellow veteran needed help, even if that meant driving to New Jersey in the middle of the night to help a suicidal veteran, or searching for a veteran living in the woods to help him receive medical care. His countless selfless acts of kindness to his fellow veterans were the foundation of his character and how he chose to live his life of service. His deeds always spoke abundantly louder than his words.”

DeCiccio was honored in Cranston earlier this year by the group Cranston Cares, which dedicated the Fourth of July fireworks display at the Atwood Avenue softball field in his memory.

For more information, visit www.vfw272.org or follow Sgt. Adam DeCiccio Warwick Memorial Post 272 on Facebook.

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