Ben Valenti

Hugs for Courage Channels Community Love to Local Vet

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     Hugs for Courage, a newly-formed organization of Warwick residents, shared some Valentine’s Day love from the community with PFC Benjamin Valenti, a WWII Veteran and Purple Heart recipient who lives in the Village of Warwick.

     Cards made by children in the community, along with some gifts, were collected at Track 7 Postal Center, and brought to PFC Valenti at his home, to show appreciation for his service, and offer some special attention on Valentine’s Day.

     PFC Benjamin Valenti was born on May 11, 1917 and lived in the Bronx, NY. He was drafted into the US Army on January 15, 1941. He served with the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division during World War II, in Algeria-French-Morocco Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland.

     Valenti lives in Warwick and enjoys the support of family members, the VFW Post #4662, and the Town of Warwick Friendly Visitors Program.

     Hugs for Courage, founded by Carmela Borrazas, was formed to provide support to Warwick VFW Post #4662, in their procurement of a home base veterans’ center. Post #4662 is poised and ready to provide services to Veterans in need, from career placement and resume writing, to PTSD counseling, art therapy, and many other services.

     The organization is in need of a space in Warwick that they can call home in order to better serve the members of the community.  For more information, follow Hugs for Courage on Facebook and Instagram. For information on how to volunteer, contact

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