Year of the Veteran

  Lugoff family of veterans attend Columbia Veterans Day Parade every year

One Lugoff family has a combined 75 plus years of experience in the armed forces.

Veterans Day Deals: These companies are honoring military members on Monday

From restaurants to theme parks, companies are honoring our military this Veterans Day.

Downtown Columbia hosts 41st Annual Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Columbia hosted the 41st Annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, No. 11.

  Midlands vet asking employers not to forget about hiring our heroes, as we celebrate Veterans Day

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) is reporting that the unemployment rate for veterans in our state has been on the decline over the last couple of few years. The veteran unemployment rate was at 5% in 2016. Last year, it was down to 3.3%.

  Veterans Day 5K race held to raise money for wheelchair accessible van

Veterans and residents of Batesburg-Leesville came together today for a special Veterans Day 5K.

Dominion Energy pledges to support National Guard and Reserve employees

Dominion will compensate employees who are deployed overseas for up to five years.

Register for USC Veterans Day 5K benefiting the Friends of Fisher House Columbia

WIS is proud to partner with the USC Veterans Day 5K to raise money to bring a Fisher House to Columbia.

Help honor military heroes this holiday season by donating to Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America laid more than 1.4 million memorial wreaths on veterans' graves in 2018.

Publix to offer discount to veterans, military personnel, and their families on Veterans Day

To show their appreciation to those who serve our country, Publix is providing a discount to veterans, active military personnel, and their families on Veterans Day.

  Remains of World War II hero return home to NC 76 years later

PFC John Taylor Burke reportedly died fighting back in 1943, but it wasn’t until two years ago with new technology that they were able to locate some of the heroes’ remains.

  Service Dog Winston takes on the SC State Fair

It’s bound to be another busy weekend at the state fair in Columbia, and if you attend, you may see some PAALS service dogs roaming the fairgrounds, including service-dog-in-training, Winston.

  Midlands WWII veteran set to celebrate 100th birthday reflects on D-Day invasion

After more than two decades in the Navy, Army and Air Force, Luther Godwin retired in 1966.

  WWII vessel USS Columbia, sailors who served on it honored in annual ceremony

The USS Columbia sailed the Pacific during WWII and was nicknamed the “Gem of the Ocean.”

  Service-dog-in-training, Winston, trains ahead of Halloween to not react to costumes

At WIS-TV it is ‘the year of the veteran’, and for more than a year now, we have been checking in with our service-dog-in-training Winston.

  WIS anchor Judi Gatson named 2019 Military Advocate of the Year Columbia Chamber of Commerce gala

On Thursday night, WIS anchor Judi Gatson was honored at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 117th annual gala.

WIS partners with Harvest Hope Food Bank for Year of the Veteran Food Drive

Donations should be dropped off at participating Rush's locations on Monday, Sept. 30.

  Tunnel to Towers remembers ultimate sacrifice by first responders and military

The money raised goes to amazing causes.

  Set in stone: Columbia 9/11 memorial honors first responders

It’s more than a monument. The sculptor calls the creation a bridge for generations.

  How to train and prevent common injuries ahead of the Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K event

If you’re not a frequent runner who is taking part in the Tunnel to Towers race, Dr. Justin Knight wants to remind those running to know their limits to prevent common injuries when training for a race.

  Midlands surgeon reflects on service with U.S. Army

Our military and first responders right here in the Midlands and across South Carolina continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country, including one surgeon at Lexington Medical Center.

Officials expect to break ground on Fisher House in 2020

Construction will begin next year on a new place for military families to stay while their loved ones receive medical care in Columbia.

UofSC Alumni Center hosts Columbia Veterans Job Fair

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and RecruitMilitary will host the Columbia Veterans Job Fair on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UofSC Alumni Center.

  “I put it in my mouth and pulled the trigger, but...God had another plan,” Midlands vet tells story of attempted suicide to raise awareness

The inaugural Steps & Strides Against Veteran Suicide Walk is happening Monday morning. It will begin at the Columbia Vet Center on Richland Street.

  Warrior PATHH helping combat veterans overcome PTSD, headed to the Midlands

There’s a new program headed to the Midlands designed to help combat veterans overcome post-traumatic stress. Warrior PATHH stands for progressive, alternative training for healing heroes.

  Community writes notes of gratitude inside Grand Strand veteran’s new home

People helping to build and donate a new mortgage-free home for a Marine injured in Afghanistan wrote “notes of love” for him.

Columbia’s Fisher House gets $100,000 donation

Families will be able to stay at Fisher House for free as their loved ones receive treatment.

Proper military burial for unclaimed veteran to be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery

Legionnaires from American Legion Post 193 of Chapin will lay to rest the cremated remains of U.S. Army Veteran SPC 3 Devon D. Kobold at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

  South Carolina National Guard unit deploys in support of Operation Spartan Shield

The South Carolina National Guard held a deployment ceremony Saturday afternoon to recognize the 751st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion's mobilization in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

  Woman raising awareness for veterans, first responders with mental illness stops in SC

Michele Ladd is traveling from state to state meeting with veterans and first responders to talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression addiction, and suicide.

  Service dog helps S.C. veteran regain ‘normal’ life

here's no question a service dog and its handler share a special bond.

Hundreds attend service to pay respects to unclaimed veteran

Petty Officer Third Class James Miske died May 26 with no family to claim him or arrange his funeral.

  Ft. Jackson helps Midlands vet battling ALS fulfill bucket list item

A Midlands Army veteran battling ALS is able to fulfill a bucket list item. This week, she was back in uniform to lead the latest group of soldiers to complete basic training at Fort Jackson, as the soldiers marched off of Hilton Field for their graduation ceremony.

S.C. funeral home to honor unclaimed veteran

A South Carolina funeral home is asking people to come to the funeral of a 75-year-old Navy veteran who has no family to claim him.

VA launches new healthcare options for veterans

The Department of Veteran's Affairs rolled out its new healthcare system Thursday.

  Columbia & Mt. Pleasant to hold D-Day commemoration events

Thursday we commemorate the 75 the anniversary of D-Day, one of the turning points of World War II.

June is PTSD Awareness Month - here are resources if you need help

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  Fort Jackson celebrates 102nd anniversary on Saturday to kick off its annual Victory Week

The fort's 102nd anniversary was held on Hilton Field on June 1.

  102-year-old WWII veteran from Prosperity remembers flying 65 missions during his service

You have to travel for miles off the interstate to reach 102-year-old Buddy Kunkle’s rural Prosperity home. But it’s worth it.

  Hundreds attend Memorial Day Ceremony at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery

Monday, hundreds gathered at Fort Jackson National Cemetery to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

  ‘God forgive me when I complain,’ Gold Star Mother speaks about our problems vs. the ultimate sacrifice

In a powerful sentence, Gold Star Mother Diane Rawl drew a comparison between the temperature we are feeling in Columbia, and what those who have served and died went through.