RI Veterans: Did you know? 2 December 21 – John A. Cianci

by John A Cianci, Department Veterans Service Officer,

                             Italian American War Veterans (ITAM)

Do you know a high school or college student 16-23 years-old interested in all-expense paid, 3-week flight training at Aim High Flight Academy in Florida?

Do you know a 16-23 years-old available for a three-week summer session considering a career in aviation?

FREE PILOT TRAINING FOR 16-23 YEAR OLDS – Wanted! Future Pilots and Aviators 

The Italian American War Veterans of the United States (ITAMVETS) is seeking young candidates ages 16 to 23 years-old to nominate for a beginner-level flight certificate in a flight training program at Aim High Flight Academy sponsored  by the Air Force Recruiting Service. 

The academy deadline is December 10, 2021, which requires the Italian American War Veterans to have all applicants reviewed for nomination no later than December 9, 2021. 

After receiving the applications, ITAMVETS will be reviewed to be the nominating organization. 

The applicant will be required to download information to the Aim High Flight Academy to meet the annual deadline December 10, 2021; all information will be collected and stored by the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS). 

The AIM HIGH Flight Academy sessions take place in the summer and last three weeks each. Twenty‐four students are trained at each session.

The application window is closing on December 10th.

Academy sessions dates:

Session 1 – May 28, 2022, to June 18, 2022

Session 2 – June 25, 2022, to July 16, 2022

Session 3 – July 23, 2022, to August 13, 2022

Twenty-four students will be chosen for each AIM HIGH Flight Academy, which includes twenty high school students and four college cadets from either the Air Force ROTC, Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Guard or Reserve.

Who may apply?

Be at least 16 years old by 28 May 2022 

·      Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)

·      High school student or college student; the student’s High School Principal must verify their GPA. The principal must confirm the student has not exhibited any detrimental conduct during the previous school year.

·      Not currently hold a private pilot’s certificate.

·      Applicants must receive a nomination; the Italian American War Veterans of the United States is a  partner organization , which must be listed on the last page of this application or any individual who can speak to the applicant’s character.

Students interested in the AIM HIGH Flight Academy program should fill out a preliminary application,

The ITAMVETS is available to assist any potential applicants complete the package. For assistance or additional information in the AIM HIGH Flight Academy process, contact John , 401-677-9838. during a career in aviation are encouraged to apply now for an all-expenses-paid, 3-week flight training program.


Upcoming Events

Friday , December 3, VFW Post 5392 Toy Drive, bring a $10 toy or $10 donation and receive a chicken or meat pie dinner with the fixings: serving at 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 5, Operation ROVAC Drive (Remembering Our Veterans at Christmas). Knights of Columbus collecting BRAND NEW with TAGS items for estimate 135 Men and Women Veterans at the Rhode Island Veterans Home Item requested, winter hats, gloves, scarves, flannel shirts, sweatpants and flannel pants, handkerchiefs, button down sweaters, and men’s slippers. Drop off items at Catholic churches located in Burrillville .Any questions, contact Scott Blanchette (401) 567-0337. 

Monday, December 6 , Federal Hill Veteran Coffee House, 9-11a.m , ROMA Restaurant, Atwells Ave, Providence RI sponsored by the Italian American War Veterans of the United States.  All veteran and their guest invited.

Saturday, December 11th , 10am to 3pm Toys for Tots Drop Off, American Legion Post #88, 111 Chapel Street , Harrisville RI, 401-568-0858. Bring a new unwrapped toy and join in at 3:00pm for kickoff of Army-Navy Game. At half time, post will be serving NY style hot wieners.

Monday, December 13, 2021, Wreaths Across America State House Ceremony , 12 noon in the State Room of the State House, Providence RI followed by the wreath laying in the Garden of Heroes.  The Wreaths Across America State House ceremonies takes place in all 50 states and Washington DC and will continue a week-long celebration of America’s veterans and their service to our Country with a particular focus on family during the holidays.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Northern Rhode Island Veteran Coffee House, 9-11:30am American Legion Lost #88, 100 Chapel Street, Burrillville, RI. All veteran and their guest invited.  

January 22, 2022 , 2-8 p.m., Rhode Island National Guard Reunion, Orlando Florida, 13110 Lake Mary Jane Road, Orlando FL., $20 per person. More information contact Patti Ryan,

If you have an event, meeting, other pertinent veteran information, or email questions or help needed, contact the Italian American War Veteran Service Officer, John A Cianci,, ITAM Office 1-(401)677-9VET(9838).




Applebee’s – Military Discount … With more than 2,000 locations, Applebee’s is a family grill restaurant. Applebee’s gives 10% off for active duty and veteran. Last verified 07/31/2028

Denny’s, Hartford Ave, Johnston Offers 10% discount for veterans and active dutyDenny’s is a table service diner-style restaurant chain.  Last verified 07/31/2028 (PS I had breakfast there on Saturday).

Outback Steakhouse 10% Discount to active and veterans. Last verified 07/28/2021

99 Restaurant & Pub: The 99 Restaurant & Pub offers a 10% military discount to members of Veterans Advantage. Available at select locations only. Bring valid military ID


Advance Auto Parts 10% for Active Duty, Veterans and families. Last verified 07/28/2021 

Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops offers a 5% discount to active-duty military, reservists, and National Guard. Sign up and verify your status online or bring your military ID when you shop at your nearest Bass Pro store (source).

BJs Wholesale Reduced membership fee. J’s offers all military personnel over 25% off their Membership. Last verified 07/28/2021

Lowes. Enroll in the Lowe’s Military Discount Program to Activate Your 10% Discount

Our way of saying “Thank You” to our active duty, retired and military veterans and their spouses with a 10% discount on eligible items. 

Verification of your military status is fast and easy through our partner, is our trusted technology partner in helping to keep your personal information safe.

GameStop is offering a 10% in-store military discount on all pre-owned products, collectibles, and select new products. Available to current and former military members who bring any valid proof of service or when they verify through .

Home Depot Home Depot offers a 10% OFF military discount on regularly priced merchandise for in-store purchases for active duty, retired military, and reservists at participating locations. Customers are required to show a valid government-issued military ID card to redeem this offer.

Kohls 15% Kohl’s offers active military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members a 15% discount on purchases made on Mondays, in store only. In order to receive the military discount, eligible customers must present proper identification along with any tender type.


We didn’t want to wait for Veteran’s Day to express our appreciation and gratitude for your service. That’s why every Team Car Care owned and operated Jiffy Lube® service center is offering our BEST discount of 15% OFF as a “Thank You” to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their service to our country. *Disclaimer*- I.D. required. No coupon is required. Excludes batteries and brakes, alignment, and diagnostic services. Available only at select locations listed below:

Tioque Ave, Coventry RI

Bald Hill Road, Warwick RI

Park Ave, Cranston RI

Michaels . Michaels Stores offers a 15% OFF military discount on the entire in-store purchase including sale items for active duty, retired military, guard, reservists, veterans and family members. How to get, 

1.    Create an Account. Log in or create a Michaels Rewards account.

2.    Get Verified. Provide your military information to get verified instantly.

3.    Go Shopping! To use your discount online and in store, just sign into your account or provide your Michaels Rewards phone number at checkout.

O’Reilly Auto Parts 10% discount on in store items for Active Duty, Veterans and families. Last verified 3/4/21.


If you are a retailer and or a veteran aware of a business not listed above, please forward:  the business’s name , location, and military and veteran discount offered.


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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.