It's been a busy year for the Columbia VA Health Care System. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the center has begun pushing the VA's fourth mission, released April 14, that takes measures to assist local communities during a national emergency.
It was just two days before Christmas when Navy corpsman Frank Kmetz was out on a routine patrol in Vietnam — until he was sent flying through the air by a mine explosion.
The US Army Black Daggers parachute team performed a jump onto the grounds of Lexington Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. The team completed the action in an effort to show support to hospital personnel fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jim Huffman resides on Lake Murray and has lived in South Carolina his entire life. He was drafted in the US Army for the Vietnam War immediately after graduating high school. He attended basic training at Ft. Jackson, and five months after being drafted, was on a plane to Vietnam. Two weeks…
Major Garry Zuebert has served in the United States Army for more than 20 years. His career began when he joined the South Carolina Army National Guard.
Fort Jackson will be providing free COVID-19 testing for veterans, military retirees or anyone with on-base access beginning Wednesday. The testing will be held off Marion Street near the Palmetto Farms Water Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The suggested day for all retirees…
At the highest mantle of the University of South Carolina, President Robert Caslen leads the Gamecock community with the leadership style he gained through his years as an officer in the United States Army. He served more than 30 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General.
Some may recognize retired Command Sergeant Major Lamont Christian as the former CSM of Fort Jackson. When he retired two years ago, Christian chose to stay here in the Palmetto state.
The United States Army is breaking ground with its first ever National Virtual Hiring Campaign, which will take place June 30 through July 2. The Army's goal is to hire 10,000 citizens into service during the three-day period. Special bonuses up to $45,000 or college debt relief programs up …
Retired Major General Will Grimsley served 33 years as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Like many soldiers before him, it was never his intention to join the military.
Women Veterans Day is recognized Friday by residents across the state, and is meant to honor the sacrifice and service of all female veterans in South Carolina. Every year, Gov. McMaster signs the proclamation, recognizing the "courage, honor, and dignity with which women have served, and co…
Retired US Air Force MSgt Robert Holsclaw served from 1979 to 2001. His journey began in Charleston, where he joined the Air Force after a close friend attempted to persuade Holsclaw to join the US Marine Corps.
Columbia-based and veteran-owned company, The Generals Hot Sauce, has launched a new initiative to send hot sauce to deployed troops.
Businesses across the Midlands are beginning to reopen and restrictions are being lifted, but Fort Jackson will continue its stricter protocols and procedures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The installation's Commanding General, Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr., said Fort Jackson is…
Veterans, family and friends gathered Monday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6740 Lake Murray, to support the post's annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony began at 10 a.m. and was run by post Commander and US Army veteran, Ginger Graham. Graham has just begun her second year as the fir…
The Lexington Marine Corps League gathered Saturday morning at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Harold "Speedy" Wilson, at Woodridge Memorial Park off Corley Mill Road in Lexington. The event is an annual tradition put on by the Marine Corps League, and is meant to honor Wilson's last w…
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 137 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 8 additional deaths as of Tuesday.
Retired US Army veteran Shawn Laurie, known as the "Veteran Guy," said knew from a young age that the military would be his calling. His father honorably served 20 years in the Army and ended his service with the 101st Airborne Division. Laurie joined the military in 2004 and served nine years.
The Big Red Barn Retreat in Blythewood has reported that construction is continuing amid the COVID-19 pandemic to bring the Warrior PATHH program to South Carolina. The program is a proven, leading intensive therapy program for veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress.
US Navy Veteran Candace Terry, a former guest of 94.3 The Dude's Soldier Salute and President of the Student Veterans Association of UofSC, has just completed a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina
Staff Sergeant Christoper Carrington is a US Army Recruiter at the Lexington Recruiting Station. He is originally from Houston, but joined the Army out of Miami. His career of 15 years, as of April 1, has taken him across the globe from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Iraq, Hawaii and Korea.
Fighter jets will soar over the Midlands Monday as an expression of thanks to those serving on the front lives of the COVID-19 crisis.
The owners of Spotters Sports Nutrition in Lexington are doing their part to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff is offering free lawn care services to local elderly residents.
US Marine Veteran Dave Parker is the co-owner of Spotters Sports Nutrition in Lexington, along with his wife. He is a native of Parkersville, West Virginia, which is where he joined the Marine Corps.
Sergeant Carter Lybrand graduated from Gilbert High School in 2009. While playing on the rugby team, his dreams of serving the nation came to fruition.
Brandon Prince is from Enoree, South Carolina. He joined the US Marine Corps as a young man, was honorably discharged in 2006 and re-enlisted again in 2007. It is a common situation many veterans find themselves in.
Lexington local Pete Chavis passed away Wednesday night after a motorcycle incident near the 600 Block of Old Lexington Road. Chavis is the seventh motorcyclist fatality in the state this year, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. He was 45-years-old.
Retired Staff Sergeant Jimmy Bates is originally from Maryland and served nine years in the United States Army as an Infantry Mortarman. As a child, a trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia, gave Bates a strong sense of patriotism and purpose. It was there he decided he wanted to be a soldier one day.
The Big Red Barn Retreat's Warrior PATHH program is continuing to remain on-track with its progression. The program will take on its first group of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress as soon as October. Construction is continuing on a seven-bedroom, two-kitchen lodge, along with …
Colonel John Hankins has served 25 years in the United States Army. His career began at 25-years-old in Missouri. Hankins' farming family went bankrupt during his freshman year of college in 1986. With times being hard and college loans coming due shortly after graduation, he decided to enli…
Columbia native and Ft. Jackson soldier Sgt. First Class Maurice Boozer will be starring in the movie Cherry coming to theaters in October. The film is produced by Anthony and Joseph Russo, known for directing movies like Avengers: Infinity Wars.
Candace Terry served in the United States Navy as a linguist. While serving, she became fluent in Russian as well as Farsi, a middle-eastern language, heavily spoken in places like Iran, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Terry was eager to dive into the complex life of language even at a young age.…
The Swamp Dogs Motorcycle riding club will be hosting its eighth-annual Salute to Vets, Military and Families at Bucky's Tavern in Gaston March 7. The group has seen a continual increase in attendance each year since it began.
Captain Nick Fowler is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He lived in the Top Gun days and always dreamed of flying fighter planes as a child. Due to Fowler's great academics, he was able to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While there, he was introduced to each branc…
Fort Jackson representatives held a dedication ceremony Wednesday for newly-constructed Pierce Terrace Elementary School. The school's name honors the Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Larry Stanley Pierce. Construction was completed last year, and the facility opened January 8.
SSgt. Brandon Bryan enjoys spending time out in nature with a rifle, shotgun or a fishing pole - like many veterans. After tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and an extensive combat career in the US Army, Bryan finds hunting takes him back to a time he truly misses.
Fort Jackson hosted a Leader Development Symposium Friday. The event brought senior Army leaders together to focus on mentoring ROTC cadets from 10 North Carolina and South Carolina colleges and universities. Along with speed mentoring, discussion panels and other activities, the event hoste…
The Lexington County Coroner's Office announced the funeral service plans for three unclaimed veterans who died in Lexington County. The service, with military honors, will take place 11 a.m. Friday at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
The first responder field becomes a career path for many veterans. Jon Jones served his four years in the US Army and has since spent more than a decade in emergency medical services. Veterans often find comfort in the military structure that the first responder field provides.
The Super Bowl’s Tribute to America video featured Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” and included Gilbert’s Kyle Carpenter. Carpenter is a US Marine Corps veteran and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Veterans tend to enjoy different styles of therapeutic release. There are a wide variety of options to cope with the stress of their past - from motorcycling to meditation. It's no surprise that hunting would also be on the list.
"Transition" is a word heavily used in the veteran community. It is the process of acclimating oneself to life outside of the military.
Captain Joseph Zeek's long career in the US Army didn't start until he was 34-years-old. Zeek had always heard the call to serve, yet decided against it as a young man, due to his family life.