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Veterans' Voices: Telling The Story Of Servicewomen In Vietnam

Feb 19, 2020
Susan Wambach and Renee Clevenger
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On the Washington mall, just south of the black granite Vietnam Wall, there’s a statute of a wounded soldier surrounded by three nurses. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial tells the story of some 11,000 uniformed women who served in Vietnam. In this Veterans' Voices interview, we hear from Army veteran Susan Wambach of Washington Township as she talks to her wife Renee Clevenger.

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Seth Gordon and Bridget Federspiel
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Around the country, parades are used in celebration of Independence Day, Super Bowl winners, and traditionally veterans of wars. In the late 1960s and early 1970s however, returning Vietnam Veterans were met with scorn and humiliation. Today, Dayton high school teacher Bridget Federspiel is honoring Vietnam veterans with her students. She spoke to Seth Gordon of the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State University for Veterans' Voices.

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Veterans' Voices: Getting Caught In Combat In Vietnam

Feb 5, 2020
 Norm Schrein
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In Vietnam, the war was fought in the air, in the jungle, and in tunnels. Some soldiers were assigned to administrative duties, and they too were caught up in combat. Army veteran Norm Schrein of Kettering remembers his year in Vietnam.

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Mason Rick and Henry Saas
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Army veteran Mason Rick of Cincinnati wears a memorial bracelet in honor of his friend and fallen solider, Army veteran Mike Runyan. Mason spoke with his coworker, Henry Saas, and shared his memories of his comrade, Mike.

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Henry Saas (HS): So, one of the things I've noticed is that you wear a bracelet on your wrist.

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.

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Anna Klein (Anna): What do you remember about when you enlisted, and why?

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.

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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.

Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick
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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.

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

Jan 1, 2020
Tom and Jean McMurtry
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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.

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

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

Dec 25, 2019
Bill Wells and Cara Arnold
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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.

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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!”

Veterans' Voices: Finding Solutions To Unacknowledged Problems

Dec 18, 2019
 Sam Eckenrode and Malcolm Kelley
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Military veterans are often modest about their accomplishments and the lasting contributions of their service. Sam Eckenrode and Air Force veteran Malcolm Kelley are both from Yellow Springs and have known each other a long time, but Eckenrode find that she's still learning new things about Kelley’s career.

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