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Service and Sacrifice
10News launched the Service & Sacrifice series in 2008. WBIR anchor John Becker reports weekly on the lives and life challenges of East Tennessee veterans and their families.
The inspiration for the series was threefold. John’s grandfather served in World War II, John embedded with soldiers in the Iraq War in 2004, and the installation of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial in 2008 proved a catalyst for the series.
In addition to profiles of individual veterans the series has also explored issues like: heath care benefits, homelessness, diversity, family separation, reunions, and combat stress.
We welcome your feedback. You can email John Becker directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 10:50 p.m. EDT
Local event honors Vietnam veterans.Local event honors Vietnam veterans.On March 29th, Rolling Thunder TN3 is hosting the 2nd annual Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony. This year it will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Cherokee Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel.
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Service & Sacrifice: Mr. Broadway TowersService & Sacrifice: Mr. Broadway TowersAfter 94 years, a World War II veteran from East Tennessee recently earned a new nickname, 'Mr. Broadway Towers.'
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Service & Sacrifice: Sweater helps save GIService & Sacrifice: Sweater helps save GIThe sight of a donated World Ward II era sweater brings back memories for one soldier who served during the bitter European winter of 1944.
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Service & Sacrifice: Buffalo SoldiersService & Sacrifice: Buffalo SoldiersA veteran of the Vietnam War has devoted much of his life to teaching young people about warriors from another time.
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Service & Sacrifice: Continuing to serveService & Sacrifice: Continuing to serveIt's clear many veterans seek law enforcement after their military careers are over. Area stats show, though, there's wide variance in the rate among area agencies.
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Service & Sacrifice: Film on Tennessee military historyService & Sacrifice: Film on Tennessee military historyJohn Becker gets a look at a documentary chronicling Tennessee's proud military history.
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Service & Sacrifice: Highlights in 2014Service & Sacrifice: Highlights in 2014We are entering year seven of reporting our series focused on East Tennessee veterans.
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Service & Sacrifice: Secret Jungle WarriorService & Sacrifice: Secret Jungle WarriorJohn Becker sits down with a Vietnam War veteran who was a part of a little-known unit.
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Service and Sacrifice: Veteran returns to Pearl HarborService and Sacrifice: Veteran returns to Pearl HarborDurwood Swanson, one of a dwindling number of Pearl Harbor survivors, is traveling back to the site of those attacks.
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Service & Sacrifice: Losing a life and death battleService & Sacrifice: Losing a life and death battleA set of statistics highlighting a spike in veteran suicides across Tennessee has leaders at the highest levels of state government worried.
- 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Service & Sacrifice: Marines battle homefront 'epidemic'Service & Sacrifice: Marines battle homefront 'epidemic'Two Marines who met after their service say they're in a new fight together on the homefront centered on a rash of military suicides.
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Service & Sacrifice: Marine fights suicide spikeService & Sacrifice: Marine fights suicide spikeAn increasing number of military veterans in Tennessee find they share this fact: they have seen more of their fellow troops die by suicide than in combat.
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Service & Sacrifice: WWII radio man still connectingService & Sacrifice: WWII radio man still connectingBumper stickers call for us to "live our passion" and that is what Charles Kayhart continues to do at age 103.
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Second chance court targets East TN veteransSecond chance court targets East TN veteransKnox County quietly launched a new court six months ago targeting military veterans in trouble with the law.
- 6 months ago
Service & Sacrifice: French connection to Medal of HonorService & Sacrifice: French connection to Medal of HonorA newly-erected permanent stone marker along a small road in the French countryside helps preserve the memory of a celebrated Medal of Honor recipient.
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Service & Sacrifice: Medal of Honor classroom pillarsService & Sacrifice: Medal of Honor classroom pillarsThe stories of America's Medal of Honor recipients are more than lessons in history, they are a study of character traits like courage, perseverance, and self sacrifice.
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Service & Sacrifice: East TN ties to the Medal of HonorService & Sacrifice: East TN ties to the Medal of HonorAmerica's highest military award, The Medal of Honor, born in the age of Lincoln, has deep roots in East Tennessee
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Service & Sacrifice: Shipmates reconnect after 70 yearsService & Sacrifice: Shipmates reconnect after 70 yearsTwo World War II veterans stumbled into each other in the parking of lot of the mineral spring in New Market after 70 years apart.
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Service & Sacrifice: A shared honorService & Sacrifice: A shared honorAn East Tennessee family took a surprise phone call a few weeks ago with an invitation to come to the White House from a man set to become a member of America's most exclusive group of warriors.
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WBIR: Return to NormandyWBIR: Return to NormandyWBIR-TV follows two East Tennessee D-Day veterans as they make a return trip to Normandy 70 years after the historic invasion.
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Service & Sacrifice: Dutch connection to an East TN memorialService & Sacrifice: Dutch connection to an East TN memorialA Dutch researcher has helped unearth a wealth of war records and pictures tied to East Tennessee veterans killed overseas.
- 10 months ago
Service & Sacrifice: East TN soldier returning to D-Day beachService & Sacrifice: East TN soldier returning to D-Day beachThat soldier from East Tennessee was among the thousands of Allied troops on June 6, 1944, who stormed ashore in a hail of bombs and bullets on D-Day.
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Service & Sacrifice: Gliding into D-DayService & Sacrifice: Gliding into D-DayA World War II veteran from East Tennessee is about to make a return trip the French countryside he "glided" into 70 years ago on D-Day.
- 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Service & Sacrifice: Book of ServiceService & Sacrifice: Book of ServiceAn ambitious book focused on the lives of veterans with ties to Roane County is in the early stages, but the organizers expect to have it in print sometime in November.
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Service & Sacrifice: GI's long-lost lettersService & Sacrifice: GI's long-lost lettersEast Tennessee farmhouse attic holds long lost letters from a GI serving in Korea.
- 1 year ago
Service & Sacrifice: A thank you to citizen soldiersService & Sacrifice: A thank you to citizen soldiersThe stars and stripes atop a flagpole along Asheville Highway will fly until the two men who hoisted that American flag return home from a military mission overseas.
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Service & Sacrifice: Family bears burden of warService & Sacrifice: Family bears burden of warDaniel, 13, and Andrew, 11, know all too well the pain that comes with deployment.
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