Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
It has been nearly 10 years since the start of the Iraq War. Then-President George W. Bush called on military forces to invade the nation from under the threat of Saddam Hussein.
Although there is no official estimate, the UN says tens-of-thousands of people have been disfigured for life in the fighting in Iraq and countless of others killed.
You don't have to look far to find someone scarred by Iraq. If you went over, you likely came back changed. Dave Peacock knows more than most.
Diamond the service dog is one positive thing Peacock took from his time overseas. But he lost even more.
Peacock joined the Air Force Reserve in the early 90's, taking part in the first Gulf War. Operation Iraqi Freedom proved to be wholly different.
"I don't think anyone can go to Iraq or Afghanistan and not come home changed," said Peacock.
Peacock's emotional price went beyond himself. It wrecked his first marriage.
"I think third deployment is when I get divorced. Then, of course, I went right back out. Fourth, fifth, sixth, then just lost count."
It became his life. As a paramedic, he'd fly the injured out of harm and into hospitals. He saw just about every kind of injury war can inflict, knowing many of his patients would never see home again.
"You know their chances are low, but you do everything you can to give them a greater chance of survival," said Peacock.
Peacock left with a broken family, TBI, PTSD, a surgically-repaired shoulder, and unimaginable memories seered into his brain. Still, he says it was worth it.
"It's a small price to pay for freedom in the world," said Peacock. "To allow those to believe what they want to believe, and to allow a mother and father not have to worry about their child being shot, executed, or even going to school."
Peacock says the war is not about the ideal or why you're there or what you're doing.
"It's the idea of taking care of each other," said Peacock. "Accomplishing the mission you're given and making sure everyone comes home safe."
Even if those men and women have made it home, many have years of recovery ahead of them. Peacock volunteers with Hidden Wounds in Columbia, trying to help his brothers in arms regain some kind of normal lives.
March 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. Iraq's dictatorial regime was toppled quickly by U.S. forces. Still, it wasn't until 2011 that the war was officially declared over. We take a look back at the conflict and the soldiers who served.More >>
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>