United for Veterans

  '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.”

  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.