Year of the Veteran

Year of the Veteran: Here’s how you can help in our Dorn VA supply drive

From May 20 through May 24, you can drop off any of the items suggested below at WIS, any AllSouth Federal Credit Union location listed to the right, or Bath Fitter on Huger Street in Columbia.

  PAALS service dogs cross the stage for the cutest graduation ever

Seven dogs received their diplomas at today’s graduation, and all of those certificates were delivered by fellow pups.

  Year of the Veteran: Building named in honor of Fort Jackson vet

Fort Jackson officials honored one of their own during a building dedication ceremony on May 2.

  Shaw AFB hosts a day of remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance Day will be nationally recognized on May 2.

  Midlands native and first female Army EOD instructor has a message for young women

It’s advice we all need to hear: you can’t fix stupid, but you CAN throw glitter on it.

  Program offering scholarships to families of disabled and fallen servicemembers expand to SC

There are currently 21 chapters open across the U.S., and the Palmetto State was just recently added to that list.

  YEAR OF THE VETERAN: What’s Winston been up to this week?

It’s that time of the week - our service dog-in-training Winston and his trainers from PAALS stopped by the studio to give us an update on his training and his work throughout the week.

Columbia recognized as a ‘Great American Defense Community’ award

The announcement was made by the Columbia Chamber on April 11.

  ‘Buy a brick, honor a vet’: project with Leadership Lexington to serve homeless and in-crisis veterans

Central Midlands Transitional Retreat is a Lexington County housing facility specifically designed for U.S. veterans in partnership with the VA hospital. The program offers transitional housing for homeless or in-crisis veterans, as well as training and education to get them into the workforce.

  Centennial Park to be built at Fort Jackson

The Gateway to the Army Association is building a new area at Fort Jackson for families to gather and enjoy time together during Entry Training graduations and Family Day.

  Iconic Midlands Army-Navy surplus store to shutter its doors after 100 years

Known from the outset as the go-to Army-Navy surplus store and pawn shop named “Moe Levy” is one that most Columbia natives know.

  ‘Run as One’ event aims to raise mental health awareness for veterans

Whether you are a runner, walker or maybe feel like strapping on some gear and "ruckin' it,” there's a way for you to do just that and support our veterans next weekend in Columbia.

  Midlands welcomes home Vietnam soldiers, 50 years later

It was a proud military showing Friday at the South Carolina State House as leaders, veterans and community members recognized Vietnam veterans and the soldiers who never came home.

  Motorcycle ride to the State House to honor Vietnam War veterans

On Friday, we honor those who fought for our freedom on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

  Midlands students visit veterans at Dorn VA, gain new appreciation for sacrifice

A group of Midlands students visited war heroes living at the Dorn VA this week, offering up conversation and care packages to Midlands veterans.

Fort Bragg collects cards for WWII veteran’s 100th birthday

A special member of Fort Bragg is turning 100 years old this week, and staff members need your help to make him feel special.

  WIS holds cookout for veterans

As WIS continues the Year of the Veteran in 2019, Saturday, several WIS staff members stopped by Dorn VA to hold a cookout for veterans and their families.

  Year of the Veteran: Fort Jackson CG leads by examples of excellence

In the continued effort to spotlight service members and veterans in the Midlands community, WIS sat down with the man at the helm of the U.S. Army’s largest training installation at Fort Jackson.

  US Army Central welcomes new leader after change of command ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base

The US Army Central has a new leader, Lieutenant General Terry Ferrell.

  American Legion Commander speaks to lawmakers about US Coast Guard sacrifice, aide provided by legion

The National Commander of the American Legion spoke to the state legislature this week about the sacrifice US Coast Guard members have made.

  Blythewood HS teacher selected for trip to commemorate 100th anniversary of WWI

A Blythewood High School teacher will visit France this summer for an opportunity to learn more about the history of World War I.

Trump aims to reduce veteran suicides with executive order

It's called the “President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide” – or PREVENT.

Patriots Point needs help finding WWII D-Day veterans to honor for invasion anniversary

More than 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of France on June 6, 1944.

Navy commissions Holy City’s 6th namesake, USS Charleston

The sixth ship named for the Holy City officially joined the U.S. Navy fleet shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday when the USS Charleston was commissioned.

  Gov. McMaster announces proposed statewide veterans affairs cabinet agency

Gov. Henry McMaster is scheduled to hold a press conference following the supporters of medical marijuana press conference during the 11 a.m. hour on Tuesday.

  Gov. McMaster officiates change of command ceremony at McEntire Joint National Guard Base

This the first Adjutant General to be appointed by a South Carolina governor.

  Chapin veteran who served in Pearl Harbor receives Quilt of Valor

Tonight out in Chapin, American Legion Post 193 hosted an event to honor veterans in our area. Quilts of Valor is a non-profit group that creates full-sized handmade quilts for those who’ve served.

  Proposed bill at SC Statehouse could make fake service animals a crime

In it, it would become a misdemeanor for anyone who breaches the term “service animal” in how their pet is represented.

  Historical marker dedicated to honoring Shaw AFB, Tuskegee Airman

That marker states that in 1963, 14 African American airmen from Shaw, including Colonel Randall, challenged the legality of the segregated system.

  SC governor, first lady announce an initiative for vets with pets

Officials at Pawmetto Lifeline say last year many veterans refused treatment because there was no one to care for their animals while they were hospitalized.

  WATCH: SCDMV Batesburg-Leesville branch named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter

The SCDMV hosted a ceremony honoring and recognizing the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter as the SCDMV branch in Batesburg-Leesville is named in his honor on Wednesday.

  Army leaders speak to ROTC cadets at leadership symposium

Several army leaders visited Fort Jackson to speak to more than 300 cadets from several schools including The Citadel, University of South Carolina, and South Carolina State University just to name a few.

  No pressure: The SC National Air Guard will patrol Atlanta’s skies for Super Bowl LIII

ueling fighter jets hundreds of miles per hour, thousands of feet in the air: it’s just another day of work for members of the South Carolina Air National Guard.

  You can send birthday cards to make WWII vet’s birthday special

A World War II veteran from Marlow is turning 93 on April 17th and his family is already trying to get cards sent to him for his birthday to surprise him.

  Students on Fort Jackson get hands-on with STEM-based learning

Tuesday’s STEM-based event was designed to teach the students about what will go into the construction of their new school.

  Talk of the Town: LifeChance - a time when ballet and puppies benefit others

This special event will feature top ballet artists from all over the country including the artists of Columbia Classical Ballet performing both classical ballet variations and contemporary pieces, all under the guidance of Columbia Classical Ballet’s artistic director Radenko Pavlovich.

  World War II veteran, former SC politician T. Moffatt Burriss laid to rest Sunday

He died on Jan. 4 at the age of 99.

  Fundraising efforts kick into high gear for Columbia Fisher House

When a second heart attack forced retired United States Marine Scott Sherrill into an overnight stay at the VA Hospital in Charleston, he had one thing on his mind.

  World War II veteran, former SC politician T. Moffatt Burriss passes away at 99

Beloved World War II veteran and former South Carolina state lawmaker T. Moffatt Burriss passed away on Friday. He was 99 years old.

  Family, community celebrate Midlands veteran on his 99th birthday

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea War turns 99-years-old, but he has a pretty unique outlook on aging after reaching this incredible milestone.

  Thousands of soldiers head home for the holidays overnight

Thousands of soldiers-in-training are heading home for the holidays, and that could mean longer lines at the airport on Wednesday.