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Off the Base News Series

The Off the Base news series is a compilation of stories 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.

The following stories broadcast during 2012 are entries into the RTNDA News Series category of up to 30 minutes audio.

1- A former Navy Corpsman, now a Reservist and college student, talks about his five years assisting in surgeries at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. (partial) Run time 1:47

2- Adaptive water skiiing is one way the VA is working to rehabilitate severely injured and paralyzed young veterans. (full story) run time 4:13

3- A veteran in law school is the impetus behind the new Stetson Veterans Law Center  for those overwhelmed by the VA benefits claims process and active-duty military with legal problems and no where to turn. (partial) Run time 1:46

4- A sitting county judge, Afghanistan veteran and survivor of an IED blast gives background on his push to have Florida set up "Veterans Courts." (full story) 4:44

5- The high unemployment rate among returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans prompted a local chapter of SCORE to set up a business expo for veterans looking to start their own business. (partial) Run Time 3:08

6- A WWII pharmacist's mate talks about his war service with his son, a local attorney. The two are scheduled to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington DC together as part of an "Honor Flight." (full story) Run time 4:53.

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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