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An Open Letter to Nick Palmisciano

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Updated: June 8, 2016
ParentsandClint

 

Before you read the meat of this letter, I’d like to preface it with the fact that I have worked for Nick Palmisciano for four years now. Before that I was a fan of Ranger Up. I still am. I just get to be a fan while working in the trenches of the organization.

I’ve watched him pour his heart into the project most of you know as Range 15. Nick, Mat Best, Jarred Taylor, Vincent Vargas, director Ross Patterson, Suze, and so many others have sacrificed the last two years of their life working to bring this film to fruition.

Suzanne, our marketing director and Nick’s wife, forwarded this letter to me that was penned by his father. Nick has no idea this exists and will see it at the same time the rest of you do. (God, I hope I don’t get an ass chewing for this.)  

His father, an Italian immigrant who served in Vietnam as a way to repay the country that let him in, lays it all out—not just about who Nick is as a man but what this project will mean to all of us.

I don’t want my brown-nosing intro to go longer than the letter, so here you go.

-Jack Mandaville

 

Dear Nick,

We finally got to see the movie you’ve been working on for the past two years at the Red Carpet premiere in LA.  Your Mom and I were pleasantly surprised at the finished product.  Your Mom actually laughed out loud a couple of times!

To say we were proud is a terrific understatement!  Congratulations to you and to everyone involved!

Ordinarily I would have ended this note because congratulating you on your achievements has become routine and as important as this movie is, I might have been tempted to look at it as simply another feather in your cap to be acknowledged.  I could not.

One of my favorite sayings is “success is a journey, not a destination.”  I think whoever penned it had you in mind.  It was never clearer to me than when we saw you in action during the few days we spent there.  I understand more clearly now why you are so passionate about doing what you do for the troops and the veteran community.  In plain English, they are worth it.

It was an absolute honor to meet and talk to some of those who were able to attend and it was so gratifying to see the respect everyone had for one another and the ease and humor evident throughout the event.  Frankly I had forgotten what it was like to be around fellow veterans and the experience there brought back some fond memories.

Also evident ( to me at least) is why you could not and would not let the movie industry do the movie.  The reaction in the theater was electric and I got to understand why so many people supported this endeavor – it belongs to the military community and come hell or high water, failure or success that’s who is going to own it.  I finally got your last remark at the end “and if they don’t like it they can f…. themselves.”  It was not aimed against anyone it was an affirmation that it is Unapologetically ours!

These past few days have been overwhelming.  Your Mom has been glued to the computer tracking ticket sales and doing all she can to help to make sure the movie is shown to all who want to see it.  The generosity and support from the veteran community and friends has been over the top (just like the movie) and I have to admit I got choked up a few times listening to your mother reading some of the comments from those who bought tickets to donate.  We are incredibly proud and are so thankful that you were able to help bring it home. R15big

I know that others were involved in this undertaking and I don’t mean to overlook the fact that it was a team effort and that many people deserve praise.  My hat’s off to all those individuals as well.  Let us not forget Suzanne who toiled mightily and successfully to prevent home and business from going down the drain AND to help with the film!

I am hesitant to add my “thank you for your service ” to the obligatory refrain I hear so often, (When I hear it said with the same emotion as someone saying God Bless you to someone who sneezes it offends me) but I sincerely want to thank you and your friends for your service and a job well done.

In particular, I was honored that Clint, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, posed with us and kindly helped your mom untangle her beaded purse from her dress.  I admit that seeing and meeting him was a highlight of the evening for me.  Thank You.

One last comment: We were told by a number of people that you were a nice guy and as we watched you talk to others we saw how complimentary and thoughtful you were to each and every person who approached you.  You were kind, engaging and made everyone feel comfortable.  In our eyes, that’s what makes you a star and that’s why we are so proud of you!

We love you.

Dad

 

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