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Off the Base News Series FAPB

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 Florida AP Broadcast News Series category allowing up to five stories and at least one complete story.

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 2:01 (Originally broadcast Nov. 9, 2012)

2- Adaptive water skiing is one way the VA is working to rehabilitate severely injured and paralyzed young veterans. (full story) run time 4:13 (Originally broadcast October 5 , 2012)

3- A sitting county judge, Afghanistan veteran and survivor of an IED blast gives background on his push to have Florida set up "Veterans Courts." (partial) 3:00 (Originally broadcast June 21 , 2012)

4- 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 2:04 (Originally broadcast September 28, 2012)

5- 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." (partial) Run time 4:05. (Originally broadcast June 7, 2012)

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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