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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 instillation 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 11 p.m. EST
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.
- 1 week, 3 days 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.
- 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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.
- 3 weeks, 3 days ago
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.
- 1 month, 1 week ago
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.
- 1 month, 3 weeks 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.
- 2 months ago
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.
- 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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
- 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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.
- 3 months, 2 weeks ago
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.
- 4 months ago
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.
- 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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.
- 5 months, 4 weeks 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.
- 6 months, 1 week ago
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.
- 6 months, 2 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.
- 7 months ago
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.
- 8 months 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.
- 8 months, 4 weeks ago
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.
- 9 months ago
Service & Sacrifice: A 5th combat tour facing soldier and familyService & Sacrifice: A 5th combat tour facing soldier and familyEighty pilots and mechanics are packing 15 helicopters for the coming mission. After a few more weeks of training at another base stateside, they expect to be in Afghanistan by April.
- 9 months, 1 week ago
Service & Sacrifice: Knoxville troops wind up for warService & Sacrifice: Knoxville troops wind up for warDespite the ongoing troop draw down in Afghanistan East Tennessee soldiers are preparing for another deployment
- 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Service & Sacrifice: One-of-a-kind documentaryService & Sacrifice: One-of-a-kind documentaryA one-of-a-kind documentary that centers on America's highest award for valor in combat is in the final stages inside a Knoxville production house.
- 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Service & Sacrifice: Ambushed in a valley of deathService & Sacrifice: Ambushed in a valley of deathFreddie Owens is a soft spoken Army veteran who survived what some refer to as the bloodiest ambush on American forces during the Vietnam War.
- 10 months, 1 week ago
Service & Sacrifice: 2013 year in reviewService & Sacrifice: 2013 year in reviewDuring this week of reflection, we take a moment to look back on the issues and people who shaped the fifth year of our series focused on East Tennessee veterans.
- 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Service & Sacrifice: "Donut Dolly"Service & Sacrifice: "Donut Dolly"Meet an original "Donut Dolly" in our Service & Sacrifice series.
- 11 months, 1 week ago
Service & Sacrifice: A soldier and medic become 'fast friends'Service & Sacrifice: A soldier and medic become 'fast friends'A medic and a soldier become "fast friends" on an HonorAir flight to Washington. The health scare that brought them close and the recovery that brought them even closer.
- 1 year ago
Service & Sacrifice: Blue star banner celebratedService & Sacrifice: Blue star banner celebratedA blue star banner, tucked away inside the closet of an East Tennessee church, became the focal point of a service dedicated to military veterans.
- South Knoxville
- 1 year ago
Service & Sacrifice: Four war MarineService & Sacrifice: Four war MarineWe are about to meet a Marine in East Tennessee who served in three wars, plus one. And that "one" is among the forgotten fights in history that involved American casualties. Ed Penico a four-war veteran.
- 1 year ago