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NUTLEY UNICO

October/November 2016 NEWSLETTER
Dinner Meeting

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:00 pm
at
Mama Vittoria (BYOB)

 

Thank you to the many members who attended the Columbus Day Parade ceremony in the Nutley Town Hall, and braved some inclement weather to march in the parade.  Thanks to Tom Sposato, Charlie Kuzinski, Pasquale Pisani, Sergio Marricone, Debbie Bellucci, Casrmen D�Aloia, Don Russonello and Anthony Malfitano.

Our guest speaker at the October meeting was Jim Muzychko who spoke of creative creations of Fig Trees.

Reminder:  The Chapter is committed to pay its per capita tax by the end of November.  Therefore, it is important for all members to have paid their dues by then!

2016-17 Calendar:    

Nov. 3, 2016 - (Dinner Meeting - Veterans� Celebration)

November 15 � District VII meeting hosted by Nutley Unico at Diamond Spring.

December 1  - Christmas  Party.  We would like to have a clearer idea of a head count, so if you are planning to attend please let Debbie Bellucci or Sal Ferraro know at our meeting.

Dec. 17 (Saturday) � We will be holding our first Breakfast with Santa for Unico members and friends.  Children wil have the opportunity to meet Mr. & Mrs. Clause and receive a gift.  It will be held at the Nutley Franklin Steakhouse from 9 � 11:00 am.

Jan. 5, March 2, May 4 and June 1, 2017  � Dinner Meetings at Mama Vittoria.

Feb. 2, 2017 � Raffle Drawing (Nanina�s in the Park)

April 6, 2017 � Dinner Meeting at Franklin Steakhouse, Franklin Ave. (Outstanding Achievement, Unican of Year and three major Unico Scholarships to be presented.

November 3 Meeting:

Members who are veterans of U.S. military service will be recognized at this meeting.  A list was sent out to all members several weeks ago to confirm their military history.  If you saw a mistake or omission please let me know.  Our guest speaker will be Michael Oubre from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Members of the Nutley Fire Dept. and Nutley Police have also been invited to attend.  

Good & Welfare

...Our condolences to Anthony Malfitano and his family on the loss of his father, Enrico Malfitano, a veteran of US military service.

�..Debbie Belucci�s, son, Joe, and his wife Paige are expecting their first child in April.

                                  

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In recognition of Veterans� Day I am including an essay from Nick Palmisciano, co-founder and co-owner of Ranger Up, printed on August 5, 2012.  (This essay has been incorrectly characterized as having been written by General David Petraeus, West Point Class of 1974, and even General Schwartzkof in prior years.) 

�I remember the day I found out I got into West Point.  My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class.  She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter.  She wasn�t crying because She knew how hard I�d worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer.  I was going to get that opportunity.  That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following:

�Nick, you�re a smart guy.  You don�t have to join the military.  You should go to college instead.�

I could easily write a theme defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that United States Military Academy is an elite institution, that separate from that, it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won�t. 

What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.

�         In WW II 11.2% of the nation�s population served for four (4) years.

�         During the Viet Nam era, 4.3% of the nation�s population served in twelve (12) years.

�         Since 2001, only .45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror.

These are unbelievable statistics.  Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse. 

Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military.  Taxes did not increase to pay for the war.  War bonds were not sold.  Gas was not regulated.  In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts. 

The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families.  The volunteers.  The people who swore an oath to defend this nation.  You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on.  You�ve lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you�ll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don�t understand.  

Then you come home to a nation that doesn�t understand.  They don�t understand suffering.  They don�t understand sacrifice.  They don�t understand why we fight for them. They don�t understand that bad people exist.  They look at you like you�re a machine.  Like something is wrong with you.  You are the misguided one � not them.

When you get out you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can�t understand the macro issues they gathered from books because of your bias.

You watch TV where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that.  Your Congress is debating your benefits, your retirement and your pay, while they ask you to do more.  But, the amazing thing about you is that you all know this.  You know your country will never pay back what you�ve given up.  You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them.  Hell, you know that in some circles you will be thought as less than normal for having work the uniform.  But you do it anyway.

You do what the greatest men and women of the country have done since 1775 � YOU SERVED.  Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group.

�Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few� � Winston Churchill.

            Thank you to the .45% who continue to serve our nation. �

 

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America’s Veterans: What It Means To Be Part of the .45%
by Ranger Up CEO Nick Palmisciano

Editor’s Note:  Ranger Up’s CEO Nick Palmisciano wrote this article back in August of 2012.  A lot has changed in the last five years, and given the current turmoil in our country we thought it was time to dust this piece off and help our fellow veterans remember what it means to be part of the .45%.

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Hello America, my name is Nick Palmisciano and I wrote the essay below, not General David Petraeus, “A Marine in Iraq,” General Schwarzkopf, any of the wounded warriors it’s been attributed to, or anyone else.

The order of events went something like this:

1)      I was talking over with Tom Amenta, my COO, about how the world has changed over the years relative to military service.  We had the Occupy Movement as the backdrop.

2)      At the end of our conversation, I sat down and wrote this essay and posted it to Ranger Up.

3)      The US Army reposted it on their Facebook page, which was a huge honor for me.  It received tens of thousands of likes in a day.  They attributed the post to me at the bottom.  This was a huge honor for me as I felt I had addressed the feelings of many service members.  I write a lot, but I had never touched a chord with our community the way I had with this one.

4)      In the next few weeks and months I started receiving spam letters or seeing incorrect blog posts attributing this essay to various people.  The Ranger Up fans did such a great job of correcting people that I didn’t get involved.  Snopes even covered it.

5)      Now, there is an almost universal belief that General Petreaus wrote this.  It’s on blogs.  I’ve received many emails about how we “should post it.”

So I’m posting it, again, just like I did when I wrote it.

Thanks for all the support!

Nick Palmisciano

President, Ranger Up

The 0.45%

 

I remember the day I found out I got into West Point.

My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn’t crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I’d worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity.

That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: “Nick, you’re a smart guy. You don’t have to join the military. You should go to college, instead.”

I could easily write a tome defending West Pont and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that separate from that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won’t.

What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.

In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four years. In Vietnam, 4.3% served in 12 years. Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population has served in the Global War on Terror. These are unbelievable statistics.

Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse. Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war. War bonds were not sold. Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts.

The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an oath to defend this nation. You.

You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on. You’ve lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you’ll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don’t understand. And you come home to a nation that doesn’t understand.

They don’t understand suffering. They don’t understand sacrifice. They don’t understand that bad people exist. They look at you like you’re a machine – like something is wrong with you. You are the misguided one – not them. When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can’t understand the “macro” issues they gathered from books with your bias. You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more.

But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this. You know your country will never pay back what you’ve given up. You know that the populace at large will never truly understand or appreciate what you have done for them. Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought as less than normal for having worn the uniform. But you do it anyway. You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775 – YOU SERVED. Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group.

Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.

You are the 0.45%.

The .45% Men’s

The .45% Women’s

first published in August, 2012

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