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HELP Rhode Island Veterans going to aid Kentucky Veterans devastated by tornadoes – John A. Cianci

by John A Cianci, Department Veterans Service Officer,

                             Italian American War Veterans (ITAM)

Local Veterans are collecting for Kentucky Veterans impacted by the tornado disaster in Kentucky. Veterans from American Legion Post Berard – Desjarlais Post #88, 111 Chapel Street, Harrisville, RI are collecting clothing, cleaning supplies, basic household goods, and cash donation to be shipped to Veterans impacted by the Kentucky Hurricane.

From Dec. 14th to the 16th, 10am-7pm Veterans will be at the post to accept donations.

“We are sending a tractor trailer truck down to Kentucky with water. Clothing, etc. to help our Veteran brothers and sisters impacted by this tragedy”, said Ray Tringue, Post Commander of the Post.

(John Cianci and Ray Trinque, being interviewed on NBC10 – click link to watch)

Items Being Collected

Blankets and sheets – Pillow and pillow case – Air Mattresses – Generators – Batteries – Extension Cords – Battery Operated Lights – Clothes – Shower Shoes

Cleaning Supplies

Bleach – Mold Cleaner – Toilet Paper – Paper Towels

The group is prepared to ship products thru U-Haul trucks and vans, and other means, which will cost an estimated $1500, so we are “hoping a RI business will step up so we can save the funds to go directly to the Veterans who have been impacted, “ said Trinque. “But our members are prepared to ship and or rent or drive trucks ourselves.”

The group has set up a GoFundMe account – Veterans Needing Helping Hand In Kentucky – for cash donations to be sent to Veteran organizations in Kentucky.

Post commander Trinque has reached out to local trucking companies for 1-2 trucks that will travel from RI to Kentucky. 

“We are hoping to have trucks on the road by Monday,” said Trinque.“ I have reached out to several local businesses in the past for cash, product, and transportation assistance, “ said Trinque. 

Point of Contact Ray Trinque, (401) 651-5634.  Or,


John A. Cianci is a Veteran Service Officer. Retired, U.S. Army MSgt., Persian Gulf War and Iraq War combat theater.

Cianci, a combat disabled Veteran, served in Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Good Conduct, and others.

Cianci belongs to numerous veterans organizations – Italian American War Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, United Veterans Council of Rhode Island, and many more organizations. He is an active volunteer assisting veterans to navigate federal and state benefits they have earned. He is Department of Rhode Island Department Commander Italian American War Veterans and Veteran Service Officer.

He is a graduate of Roger Williams University (BS Finance), UCONN business school* (Entrepreneur Bootcamp For Veterans), Solar Energy International Residential, Commercial and Battery Based Photovoltaic Systems certificate programs, numerous certificates from the Department of Defense renewable energy programs, including graduate of the Solar Ready Vets Program.