United for Veterans

  PUPDATE: Popping balloons, playing with Furbies, and adventuring to the magical land of Publix

This update is sure to give you “paws.” Puppy paws, that is.

Shriners honor Air Force veteran on his 99th birthday

The veteran said it was one of the happiest days in all of his 99 years.

Governor orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of N.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan

Governor Cooper has ordered U.S. and N.C. flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, who was killed in a so-called insider attack in eastern Afghanistan.

  Charleston Korean War veteran surprised with wish before aggressive cancer treatment

Ahead of intense cancer treatment, the Marine Corps League of the Lowcountry granted the wish of a home-bound Korean war veteran with a ceremony to join the organization.

VA encourages volunteerism during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients’ week

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is urging the community to seek out opportunities to volunteer at their local VA facilities.

  PUPDATE: Tricks for treats and getting the big kid treatment

The WIS PAALS pups are 10 weeks old and starting to get the big kid treatment!

100-year-old Tuskegee Airman, Cleveland Native honored during State of the Union address by President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump stopped to recognize McGee who was in the crowd at the State of the Union address.

  Pick of the litter: which PAALS pups stayed for us to follow and which pups found new homes?

The WIS PAALS pups went from six to three, but it was a happy departure. We promise!

  Remains of N.C. soldier arrive in the United States

The flag-draped coffin of Spc. Antonio Moore, 22, of Wilmington, arrived at Dover Air Force Base overnight.

  'It’s a big thing off my shoulder’: Grand Strand veteran getting new roof for his home

A Grand Strand veteran has a reason to smile after receiving a donation to protect the roof over his head.

  Eight weeks of adorable, squishy, lovable PAALS puppies!

It has been a delightful past eight weeks as we have followed the new WIS PAALS pups during the first part of their puppyhood.

  PUPDATE: Want to shower the WIS PAALS pups with love?

If you have lots of love and don’t know what to do with it – we might have the solution for you.

Ft. Jackson holding a memorial service for 19-year-old soldier who died after training

Fort Jackson will be holding a memorial service to honor Pvt. Connor J. McGurran on Jan. 16.

United for Veterans: WIS-TV hosts phone bank to help raise money for Fisher House in Columbia

WIS-TV is hosting an United For Veterans phone bank to help raise money for the Fisher House in Columbia on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

104-year-old World War II veteran collecting Valentine’s Day cards

Maj. Bill White is asking people from all over the world sent him a card this Valentine’s Day

  Name of 19-year-old soldier who died after Fort Jackson training released

The name of a Minnesota Army National Guard soldier who died after a training exercise at Fort Jackson has been released.

Fisher House receives donation from non-profit organization

A non-profit organization, Salute from the Shore, has announced that it has donated funding to two Fisher House locations.

  Vietnam War veteran reunites with war helicopter after five decades

Frederick McCarthy put on the uniform he wore while serving in the Vietnam War and laid hands on his helicopter that he flew during his tours in 1967 and 1968.

  SC serviceman surprises his kids in emotional holiday homecoming

A Columbia serviceman will spend the holidays with his family after returning from an 11-month deployment in Iraq and surprising his children upon his arrival.

  140+ soldiers welcomed home after overseas deployment

The South Carolina National Guard held a ceremony to welcome home more than 140 U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1221st Engineer Clearance Company from a nearly nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

  Community comes together to help local veteran after stroke

After a year that changed their lives forever, one Midlands family’s life changed for the better on Tuesday.

Wreaths Across America Ceremony held at the State House

Today, on the State House grounds, a wreath was placed at the South Carolina Veterans Memorial.

  Motorcycle ride brings holiday cheer and presents to Midlands veterans

Thousands of people revved their engines today to give back to our local veterans at the 19th annual Vet's Christmas Charity Ride.

  Blue Star Mothers of the Midlands served home-cooked meal to homeless veterans

Homeless veterans received a home-cooked meal from Blue Star Mother of the Midlands yesterday.

  Family of soldiers receives Quilts of Valor on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day for us all to fill our stomachs with our favorite foods, be with loved ones, and give thanks.

  Midlands Air Force retired Lt. Colonel donates time and money to veterans in hospice

November is National Veterans and Military Families month, and it is also Hospice Month. Here in the Midlands, one retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel has donated his time to veterans in hospice - and giving back so much more.

  98-year-old veteran relives WWII pilot training through new technology

A 98-year-old Midlands veteran is getting the chance to relive some of his time training to become a pilot during World War II. He lives at Carroll Campbell Place, a senior living community in Lexington, which was recently awarded a grant.

  South Carolina lawmakers considering bill that would exempt military retirees from paying state income taxes

Corporal Steven Diaz proudly calls South Carolina home.

  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.”