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Veterans' Voices: The Gradual Healing Of Coming Home

Jan 22, 2020
Anna Klein, Elyse Klein, and Andrew Klein
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Here’s a truth about coming home from war. The soldier is finally home, but not fully. The National Center for PTSD says trauma survivors often experience problems in their intimate and family relationships; because PTSD involves interferes with trust, communication, and emotional closeness. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Army veteran Andrew Klein of Kettering talks with his wife, Anna and daughter, Elyse about their gradual healing process.

The Best of Dayton Youth Radio: It's Just Family

Jan 16, 2020
Olivia Brintlinger-Conn
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Since its start, Dayton Youth Radio has featured the voices of over 200 Miami Valley teenagers from nine area high schools.  Starting this week, we’re going to share some of the Best Of Dayton Youth Radio so far, and we’ll be back with new stories in the spring.

In 2016, then-Yellow Springs High School student Olivia Brintlinger-Conn talked about family and adoption.

Veterans' Voices: A WWII Veterans Recalls His Navy Days

Jan 15, 2020
Colleen Murphy and Richard Meyer
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World War II was the most widespread war in history with more than 100 million men and woman serving in military units. Navy veteran Richard Meyer of Dayton tells his stepdaughter, Colleen Murphy, some of his memories while serving at sea during World War II.

Transcript:

Colleen Murphy (CM): So, since you came into our lives when you married my mom, we've been hearing all the wonderful stories you have. It'd be nice to capture all these stories for the kids that aren't here yet.

The Best Of Dayton Youth Radio: Luke Skywalker As A Teenager

Jan 9, 2020
In 2018, Dayton Youth Radio producer Billy Pittl talked about the fictional and real-life characters in his life.
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Since its start, Dayton Youth Radio has featured the voices of over 200 Miami Valley teenagers from nine area high schools.  Starting this week, we’re going to share some of the Best Of Dayton Youth Radio so far, and we’ll be back with new stories in the spring.

In 2018, then-Centerville High School student Billy Pittl talked about the fictional and real-life characters that can help us on our journey through life.

Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick
StoryCorps

Military suicides continue to climb. It’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. Margi Fritz of Columbus, the mother of two Army veterans, talked to her friend, Claire Roderick, about military suicide awareness.

Transcript:

Malik Simmons
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My name is Malik Simmons. I am 17 years old and I go to David H. Ponitz. I have my granny's name tattooed on me, and it means a lot to me. I can take her everywhere with me. It brings me comfort. When I get sidetracked or distracted for what my goal is in life, I just look down at my arm and I know how to get back on track.

Veterans' Voices: When To Fight And When Not To Fight

Jan 1, 2020
Tom and Jean McMurtry
StoryCorps

Success in combat requires an ability to know when to fight and when not to. Army veteran Tom McMurtry from Clayton, told his wife, Jean, about a life-saving lesson he learned while in the service.

Transcript:

Jean McMurtry: Can you tell me about your best day when you were in the war?

Kayla Tucker
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I'm Kayla Tucker. I'm a senior at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. I'm 17 years old. I'm also a first year varsity cheerleader for basketball and football. When I was 10 years old, I experienced the aftermath of a hurricane that flooded the river by our house so much that the cold water covered my feet as I stood on the sidewalk. I didn't realize how much power and strength the weather had.

I was reminded of that power once again last Memorial Day weekend when several tornadoes touched down in Dayton on May 27, 2019

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Stories mark this season, and that brings us to a Yellow Springs December story that many of us know.

Yellow Springs patron Wheeling Gaunt was born in 1812 on a tobacco plantation in Carrollton Kentucky.  Enslaved by his father and stepmother, Gaunt bought his freedom and then his wife’s freedom with money earned polishing boots and selling apples, and by his industry and frugality, was at the time of his death, considered the wealthiest man of color in Ohio.

Veterans' Voices: When Service To Country Results In Service To Family

Dec 25, 2019
Bill Wells and Cara Arnold
StoryCorps

In the military, service to country is almost entirely altruistic. But as Air Force veteran Bill Wells of Beavercreek tells his daughter, Cara Arnold, his work at The Wright-Patterson Medical Center unexpectedly affected the lives of his own family.

Transcript:

Cara Arnold (CA): So, military has been ingrained in our household for as long as I can remember. I remember waking up to you singing, “You've got to get up, you've got to get up, you've got to get up in the morning!”

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