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2012 PRNDI Awards entry News Series: Off the Base

The Off the Base news series is a compilation of stories and interviews for, about and sometimes by Florida's veterans and military families. In addition to radio features, there's a blog with practical as well as whimsical information and numerous guest entries from military family members and veterans at OfftheBase.org

The following stories broadcast during 2012 are entries into the PRNDI News Series category the entry is a total of about 26 minutes with five selected pieces:

  1. A WWII pharmacist's mate Jack Griffin talks about his war service in the Pacific and the 10 days he spent treating wounded Marines during the Battle of Okinawa with his son. The interview was prior to the two are taking an Honor Flight to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial together. (Aired 7 June 2012) Run time with intro and out-copy: 5:25
  2. A feature story on an adaptive water skiing outing with injured veterans. It’s one way the VA is working to rehabilitate severely injured and paralyzed - yet younger veterans who are used to X-games and other excitements. (Aired  5 October 2012) run time including lead and out-copy: 4:21
  3. Judge Pat Maney noticed that increasing numbers of veterans and active duty military were showing up in his courtroom for misdemeanor offenses like writing a bad check. Maney talks about getting the state to create a “Veterans Docket” to get help for the vets because he knows what it’s like to have invisible injuries that affect your life and judgment. (Aired 21 June 2012) Total run time with lead and out-copy:
  4. A feature story about a local effort to help with the high unemployment among young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Several older veterans turned business executives, members of the local chapter of SCORE, set up a business expo especially for veterans looking to start their own businesses. (Aired 28 September 2012) Run time including intro and out-copy: 6:05
  5. A former Navy Corpsman, now a Reservist and college student, talks about his five years at the Bethesda Naval Hospital assisting in surgeries of the severely injured coming back from th Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (Aired 9 November 2012) Total run time with lead and out-copy: 4:55
Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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