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Veterans' Voices

Veterans' Voices is a collaboration between WYSO and Wright State University's Veteran and Military Center (VMC). The project was originally part of Veterans Coming Home, a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and now receives funding from Ohio Humanities.

The series features stories of Miami Valley veterans who served in a variety of conflicts and branches of service and focuses on the veterans’ stories of re-entry into civilian life. The stories are reported by student veterans attending Wright State University trained in WYSO's Community Voices model. This unique veteran-to-veteran storytelling project is designed to let Miami Valley veterans describe their own experiences, in their own voices.

  

 

Veterans' Voices: A Woman's Place In The Military

Mar 19, 2020
Connie Jackson and Dawn Bellinger
StoryCorps

Women in the military often face two fronts. They fight the enemy and prejudice from male enlistees. Navy veteran Dawn Bellinger of Beavercreek who tells her friend Connie Jackson of Kettering about the discrimination she faced during her service.

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Connie Jackson (CJ): What made you decide to go into the service and how did you choose what branch of service?

Anthony Heiland and Akoni Hinojosa
StoryCorps

When a veteran leaves the service and settles in at a campus, they can miss being with other men and women who share their experiences. The Veterans and Military Center (VMC) at Wright State University provides a supportive space for the military on campus. Navy veteran Akoni Hinojosa and Army veteran Anthony Heiland, both of Dayton, remember their time as Wright State students, and how their activism led to the formation of the VMC.

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Veterans' Voices: The Lifelong Impact of Operation Babylift

Mar 5, 2020
Erin Manley and Ray Snedegar
StoryCorps

In the final days of the Vietnam War, people knew the end was near. 3000 children were evacuated from South Vietnam and taken to the United States and other countries for adoption. Air Force veteran Ray Snedegar of Centerville tell his fellow Airman veteran Erin Manley of Dayton about his role in Operation Babylift.

Transcript:

Erin Manley (EM): What is one of the most significant events in your career?

Veterans' Voices: Preparing Future Leaders To Get Involved

Feb 26, 2020
Phyllis Allen and Odell Graves
StoryCorps

The Black Knights were a precision drill team within the JROTC program at Colonel White High School, now Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton. The JROTC program and its drill team were started by Army veteran Odell Graves of Clayton. Retired English teacher Phyllis Allen asks Graves about his work with students.

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Veterans' Voices: Telling The Story Of Servicewomen In Vietnam

Feb 19, 2020
Susan Wambach and Renee Clevenger
StoryCorps

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
StoryCorps

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
StoryCorps

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
StoryCorps

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
StoryCorps

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.

Transcript:

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
StoryCorps

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.

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