Portman, Brown, Ryan Applaud Signing of Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Name Youngstown Veterans Affairs Clinic After Ohioan Carl Nunziato into Law

January 6, 2021 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) applauded the signing into law of their bipartisan and bicameral legislation to name a Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Youngstown, Ohio after Major Carl Nunziato, a veteran of the U.S. Army.   

Major Nunziato served two voluntary tours of combat duty in Vietnam, where he was severely injured by a mortar shell while protecting the village of Soui Da, resulting in the amputation of both his legs. For his bravery, he received the Bronze Star, the Army Air Medal, a Purple Heart, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Throughout his admirable life, Carl Nunziato has served Youngstown and the United States, both at home and abroad, with bravery and honor. He has worked valiantly to improve accessibility, rights, and quality of life for veterans and people with disabilities, and the naming of the Youngstown Veterans Affairs Clinic after Mr. Nunziato would be a fitting tribute to his outstanding work and service.   

“Carl Nunziato is a true son of Ohio and an American patriot who deserves this honor,” said Portman. “I’m proud that President Trump signed this important legislation into law to name the Veterans Affairs clinic in Youngstown, Ohio after Major Nunziato. He has fought and sacrificed for our nation, for his fellow veterans, and for all disabled Americans and this legislation is a fitting tribute to his valuable achievements. I’m grateful for his service and proud to call him a fellow Ohioan.”  

“The renaming of the Youngstown VA Clinic in honor of Major Carl Nunziato is the right way to honor a man who did so much to help his fellow veterans,” said Brown. “Carl served our nation honorably in Vietnam and then continued that service through his work in the Valley through his advocacy work and philanthropy. I’m glad to join Senator Portman and Representative Ryan in celebrating this well-deserved honor.”  

“Major Carl Nunziato is a true American hero and represents the very best of Ohio. From serving 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. I couldn’t be prouder that we are naming the new Youngstown VA facility in Carl’s honor and recognize his heroism and sacrifice,” said Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13).  

NOTE: Earlier this year, Senators Portman and Brown sent a letter to U.S. Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN) in support of naming the outpatient clinic in Youngstown after Major Carl Nunziato.