The Deep Blue Ridge: Man who was once homeless is now thriving, working for organization that rescued him
A Roanoke man is hoping his testimony of turning his life around from homelessness will inspire others struggling in life to never stop fighting for better circumstances. Now, he is giving back to the very organization that rescued him from hitting rock bottom.
Senators introduce bill to eliminate copays for veterans accessing contraception
On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Richard Blumenthal, and Susan Collins introduced the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, which will eliminate copayments for contraception covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin, first lady present first-of-its-kind Virginia award to Campbell County veterans group
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin paid a special visit to Altavista Monday, to present the inaugural Spirit of Virginia Award to the National Center for Healthy Veterans.
1,000 American flags in Lynchburg honor those who serve, including fallen U.S. troops from Afghanistan
Each flag has a tag you can sponsor. Proceeds are donated to local organizations, including food banks and veterans’ groups. The Rotary Club of Forest organized the fourth-annual display, known as the Field of Honor.
Roanoke group starting YouTube series ‘Urban Valor’ to share veterans’ stories
Left at the Kabul Airport is nothing but disabled equipment as the withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete. However, the images coming from that region before and after the withdrawal can be triggering for many veterans who served over the past 20 years.
Remembering a veteran who made history with his passion for music
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Loved ones gathered for a memorial service Tuesday to honor retired Master Sgt. Michael Diuguid, a 24-year veteran of the Marine Corps. “To be the first at anything is huge; and obviously in his particular case, at such a grand event that’s national, nationally televised, it was a huge event,” said Henderson. “Just like he showed in the Marine Corps, he did everything 110% and he was a friend to everybody 110%. He gave his heart to everybody, and that’s a special gift,” said Nixon.
Valentines for Vets campaign receives overwhelming response
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – We’re still a few days away from Valentine’s Day, but many of you are already showing the love! Bedford County libraries received an overwhelming response for this year’s “Valentines for Vets” campaign. Cassandra Baldwin, youth services coordinator for Bedford County libraries, thinks so many people participated because of the pandemic. We’re told Bedford libraries usually collect about 200 cards each year. They’ve hosted the “Valentines for Vets” campaign for more than a decade.
Bedford County libraries collecting Valentines for Vets
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Here’s one way you can express your love and appreciation for our servicemen and women. Bedford Public Libraries are collecting Valentines for Veterans this yearYou can either make something from scratch at home or pick up supplies at one of the libraries. Bedford County collects 'Valentines for Vets' (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.) “This year, because of COVID, we’ve made these little packets that we are going to hand out. The cards will be delivered to the Salem VA Medical Center and you have until Monday, Feb. 8, to drop off the cards at one of the six branches.
‘I feel like he’s flying over’: Tuskeegee Airman honored in Lynchburg after passing away before 100th birthday
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Monument Terrace Troop Rally honored Lynchburg veterans again on Friday. Roy Farrar planned to celebrate with his father, Tuskeegee Airman Alfred Farrar, for his 100th birthday. He died a week ago, so Steve Bozeman and the Lynchburg Veterans Council transformed the troop rally into a memorial service. During the ceremony, Bozeman surprised Roy when he announced he would keep his dad’s memory alive with some paving of his own. As long as Monument Terrace stands, those bricks will be over there,” he said.
‘Hunger doesn’t take a holiday’: Despite decreased funds, organization continues helping veterans in need
RADFORD, Va. – A Radford veteran nonprofit organization is using the holiday season to prepare for the anticipated busy new year. We thank you for a Christmas gift that is going to go a long way but every day they need food. One way the organization is helping families during the holidays is with the Vittles Littles Toy Drive. Out of the 101 families, 46 of them have children, so Vittles is collecting toys so those children aren’t without gifts this holiday. “To call these parents and tell them your children are going to get clothes, they’re going to get toys, they’re going to get Santa Claus and to know they weren’t going to if this wasn’t happening, they’re so appreciative.
Amherst County vet offers Veterans Day discount at his shoeshine business
“It was my passion to do something for those out here that serve in our community, our country,” Butler said. The retired U.S. army sergeant opened his Shine ‘N’ Up shoeshine business in September, inside his daughters' Madison Heights barbershop. Butler offers affordable prices and discounts for veterans and first responders; and being that Wednesday was Veterans Day, he offered half off to show his appreciation for their service. “The veterans that spent their lives, so we could have freedom, means a lot,” Butler said. “It means a lot to me that God has seen me this far.”Honoring the military not just on Veterans Day, but every day because it’s in his soul -- and in his soles.