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Meet Dennis Magnasco

Having grown up in Massachusetts as part of a family who was very well versed in military service, Dennis Magnasco’s passion to serve was very much his own. As a student at East Boston High School, he enrolled himself in Army JROTC classes. Upon graduation, at 18 years old, he immediately enlisted in the army as a Combat Medic with the Infantry, where he served for the next nine years.

Throughout his time with the Army, Magnasco was deployed to and served in Afghanistan, Germany, Texas, and Missouri. His experience in the Army, more specifically his role as the single Combat Medic for an entire Army Infantry Platoon, helped him develop the skill to strengthen under pressure. “Knowing that if the worst were to happen it would be my responsibility to save them gave me a certain resolve and calm under pressure that I have carried into my personal life and professional career,” Magnasco says.

Over his nine years in the service, Magnasco rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was awarded a number of accolades including the Army Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

Apart from his hardware, the camaraderie, friendships, and distinct honor and privilege of leading other soldiers are memories from his time in the Army that Magnasco will carry forever. Those, and the memory of conducting combat operations in Afghanistan on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, looking up and seeing the American flag flying over the small Army Outpost. Magnasco is proud to say that the same flag now hangs on the wall of Congressman Seth Moulton’s office in Salem, Massachusetts.

As a kid growing up in Boston, Magnasco would be at Boylston Street every year to cheer on the runners. He missed the Marathon for the years where he served as a Medic, but upon his return home in 2013 he served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He was part of the response force in Boston after the bombing. “It was emotional for me responding to the scene of a terrorist attack in my home town, at the same finish line I would stand at as a child,” Magnasco says.

The next year, Magnasco “rucked” the Boston Marathon - marching the course in his Army uniform and carrying a 45lb pack. Last year, in 2017, Magnasco watched his girlfriend run the course.

This year, Magnasco will bring the Relay home to Boston to accentuate the strengths that veterans bring to a community. “Instead of viewing veterans as damaged goods, we need to start viewing them as leaders who have grown as a result of life-changing experiences.”

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Dennis Magnasco

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