Year of the Veteran

  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.

LIST: Memorial Day events in the Midlands

As we remember the lives of those who died protecting our country, there are a few events taking place in the Midlands to commemorate Memorial Day.

  Carowinds announces military discounts throughout the summer

Carowinds has announced military-focused discounts that both active service members and veterans, along with their families, can enjoy together this summer.

Hundreds pay respects as Korean War veteran with no immediate family laid to rest

He was laid to rest Saturday at Spring Grove Cemetery

  Midlands nonprofit hosts annual BBQ for the Brave

In honor of our nation’s veterans - a local non-profit held the 2nd annual Barbecue for the Brave in Lexington.

  Newly built pavilions to be revealed Tuesday at Centennial Park on Fort Jackson

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the brand new pavilions at Centennial Park on Fort Jackson.

Report: SC listed among top 10 states for military retirees

South Carolina was ranked among the 10 best states for military retirees, according to a recent study released by WalletHub.

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.