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Veterans' Voices


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.


  • Sexual assault in the military is a pervasive problem. The Pentagon estimates that about 20,500 service members were sexually assaulted in 2018.
  • 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…
  • D-Day veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin of Xenia was part of a unit that parachuted down over Utah Beach in the dark of night on June 6, 1944. It was the beginning of the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. 70 years later, at age 93, Martin returned to Normandy to jump from a plane to commemorate the anniversary. Air Force veteran Kevin Price of Bellbrook talks to Martin, one of his heroes, whose fascination with the Navy and submarine service first lead him to the recruiting office.
  • In the Air Force, the Instructors rule boot camp. With early wake up calls and long hours of physical training, they ground discipline into enlistees. In this encore edition of Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Herman Webb of Fairborn tells his daughters, Samantha Webb and Jennifer Lobo that his strength and self-control prepared him well for his military service.
  • In recent years, research has shown that post traumatic stress disorder can be helped with expressive writing. Marine Corps veteran Chris Bussler of Harveysburg tells his wife, Wendy, about a creative strategy he found to cope with the stress of his multiple deployments.
  • 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 encore edition of Veterans' Voices, we hear from Army veteran Susan Wambach of Washington Township as she talks to her wife Renee Clevenger.
  • This story originally aired January 20, 2020.Military suicides continue to climb. It’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they…
  • When Betty Ann Borders’ husband joined the Air Force, like many military spouses, she found herself trying to balance the couple’s jobs and family…
  • For some, patriotism is mixed and ever-changing. Yet for others, devotion to one's country is resolute. This week on Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran…
  • There's nothing like running full out with a football and making a touchdown. It clears the mind, re-sets it. Air Force veteran Andrew Daily knew this,…