Rhode Island VFW post renamed in honor of veteran
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Rhode Island has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and later dedicated his life to helping other veterans in crisis.
Post 272 in Warwick was rededicated Saturday as the Sgt. Adam S. DeCiccio Warwick Memorial Post 272. DeCiccio died last December at age 37.
The rededication ceremony drew more than 100 of his friends, family and fellow veterans as well as state leaders, The Providence Journal reported.
Assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, DeCiccio spent seven years on active duty and earned three three Army Commendation Medals.
After his service, he worked at Veterans Inc., where he helped veterans access social services, and earned a master’s degree in counseling at Salve Regina University. Just before his death, he was preparing to begin a new position helping to research treatments for veterans with PTSD at the Providence VA Medical Center.
He did it while undergoing his own struggle with PTSD.