PBS Charlotte’s Salute to Veterans

WTVI PBS Charlotte proudly features stories highlighting veterans and agencies assisting servicemembers throughout our 13-country region. If you have a suggestion for a veterans story, send your ideas CarolinaImpact@wtvi.com.


tombstone of Vietnam soldier Ralph Henry JohnsonVietnam in the Carolinas
Clebe McClary and Ralph Johnson were Marines from South Carolina who fought together on the same hill in Vietnam. One came home and one didn’t. Hear their stories, read their letters and meet the families who suffered with them.



Robert Winters at 90 years young is CPCC's oldest graduateCPCC’s Oldest Graduate is a Veteran of Three Wars
Robert Winters, 90, a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, is Central Piedmont Community College’s oldest graduate and he’s still going to class!



Rosie the Riveter
During World War II, the U.S. government launch a campaign to recruit women to join the munitions industry to assist in the production of supplies, weaponry and aircraft needed for the war effort.



Student Honors Fallen Hero
A teen traveled from south Charlotte to northern France to pay homage to a fallen soldier from Lincolnton who died in World War II.



Expanding Care to Veterans
The Charlotte VA Health Care Center is expected to provide easier access to care to thousands of veterans across our region.



Remember When: Prisoner of War
Historians say 16 million Americans served in some form or another in the 1940’s and every American felt the weight of the war. Food, gas and clothing were rationed, and taxes were raised. Carolina Impact’s Danielle Kosir shares the story of Levi Caldwell who recalls harrowing details of how he passed the time as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down during World War II.


Helping with the Transition
Making the transition from military life to civilian life can be tough. Carolina Impact’s Jeff Rivenbark introduces us to a new partnership involving NCServes and Charlotte Bridge Home which connects veterans with services in the Metrolina region.



Building Homes for Veterans
There are a number of programs aimed at helping veterans achieve home ownership, but for many, qualifying for and finding affordable housing can be a huge challenge. Carolina Impact’s Sarah Batista shows us how Veterans Path Up helps veterans find a place to call home.



Veterans and PTSD
Navy SEAL Veteran Shannon Rusch and U.S. Army Veteran Jeff Neill share how they were able to find the help they needed to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).



Organizations Featured on WTVI:
Central Piedmont Community College Veterans Affairs
Charlotte Vet Center
Charlotte Bridge Home
Veterans Path Up
LKN Navy Seal Swim

Additional Resources:
W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center – Salisbury NC
NC Military and Veterans Affairs
SC Division of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Justice: Service Members and Veterans Initiative

If you have a veterans-related story idea, send your suggestion to CarolinaImpact@wtvi.com.