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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Ryan Introduces Bill to Rename Youngstown VA Clinic After Army Veteran Carl Nunziato

November 8, 2019
Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Leading into Veterans Day, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced legislation to rename the Youngstown Veterans Affairs Clinic after Carl Nunziato, a Youngstown native, Army Veteran and dedicated disabled and veterans’ rights advocate. Carl graduated from Youngstown State ROTC as the Distinguished Military Graduate in 1961, commissioning into the U.S. Army. He served two voluntary tours of combat duty in Vietnam. On his second tour, Carl was severely injured and lost both legs while protecting a small Vietnamese village in Soui Da. Carl played a critical part in bringing a VA outpatient clinic to Youngstown and helped build the Veterans Resource Center at Youngstown State University, the only standalone building of its kind in Ohio. To read the legislation, click here.

“As we honor Veterans across the country this Monday, it’s my privilege to honor one of Youngstown’s own – Carl Nunziato. He is a true American hero and represents the very best of Ohio. From two tours in Vietnam to fighting for veterans and disabled rights, Carl has dedicated his life to serving our country. He was instrumental to bringing the VA outpatient clinic to Youngstown, and his tireless work in our community and with Youngstown State has helped countless of students and veterans. It’s my privilege to introduce this legislation to rename the new Youngstown VA facility in Carl’s honor and recognize his heroism and sacrifice,” said Congressman Ryan.

“Carl Nunziato embodies the spirit of everything good about our democracy, and about our National efforts to recognize veterans for their service.  Raised by Italian immigrants, went to Youngstown State on a ROTC scholarship, severely wounded in Vietnam, and a champion for the disabled since that time.  I can think of no one more worthy of having a Veterans Affairs facility named for him than Carl Nunziato,” said Herman K. Breuer, President of the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers and Director of the Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission.

Every member of the Ohio House delegation joined Congressman Ryan as original cosponsors of the legislation.

 About Carl Nunziato:

Carl was stationed in Thailand during the Laotian Crisis and served two voluntary tours of combat duty in Vietnam. On his second tour, then-Captain Nunziato was severely injured and lost both legs from a mortar attack while protecting a small Vietnamese village in Soui Da. After spending nearly two years in Walter Reed Hospital, he returned home to Northeast Ohio. Carl then enrolled in Case Western Reserve University Law School earning a law degree in 1971.

Due to his continuous work throughout Mahoning county, there are now curb cuts, wheel chair ramps and other accessibility measures in county public buildings, universities and courthouses, affording more independence to the local disabled population.

Carl was instrumental in bringing the VA outpatient clinic to Youngstown.  His five-year campaign included coordinating submission of fifteen hundred affidavits from veterans, financing and construction of the clinic.

Carl also chaired a fundraising campaign to build a Veterans Resource Center at Youngstown State University, the only standalone building of its kind in Ohio.  It aids the transition of veterans who, like he, pursue higher education after serving our country.  Among many positions of service to his local community, Carl has served as past-President of the YSU Alumni Association and the YSU ROTC Alumni Association, established a scholarship for ROTC students, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the YSU Foundation.

For his service on active duty, Carl has been honored with the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars and other awards.  For his service to the community, he has been inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.