A proud third generation veteran, Richard Syneck was born and raised in North Utica and is now a New Hartford resident. After high school at JFK he attended MVCC for one year then decided to enlist in the US Navy in 1985. Becoming a cryptologic technician, Syneck did his first six month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards, his ship participated in actions against Libya, code named Operation El Dorado Canyon for the Berlin, Germany disco bombing in which US service members where killed. His ship provided search and rescue operations and intelligence info. For these actions he was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal, among other medals and ribbons. After a few more years, Syneck was discharged from the Navy. In 2012, Rick took an early retirement from the postal service to focus on feeding America's hungry heroes. After a few years of giving out boxes of food to veterans and their families, Rich decided to open the first pantry in the entire US dedicated to feeding our hungry and homeless military veterans, their spouses and children. "Feed Our Vets" is located on Genesee St. in Utica. Rich and his wife Michele just celebrated their 15th anniversary on Oct 4th.
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