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arkansas veterans
10:43 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Arkansas vets rediscover the art of war

Dr. Reinaldo "Dito" Morales, Jr. teaches veterans through art from ancient warrior cultures.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Many Veterans wrestle with feelings of depression and loneliness when they return home from battle. The agony of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), amputations and Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can at times be unbearable.

In order to help these servicemen and women overcome physical and mental injuries, a professor from the University of Central Arkansas started a lecture series that inspires vets by connecting them with art from ancient warrior cultures. FM 89's Malcolm Glover filed this report on an innovative program that's changing lives.

  

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Local & Regional News
6:10 am
Fri May 28, 2010

Ceremony Today To Begin Renovations Of Former Rock Island Bridge

The Rock Island Bridge in 1994 when it was abandoned, with Union Pacific tracks running alongside the river.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

Includes personal reflections by KUAR's Michael Hibblen.

Work is finally getting underway to renovate the 111-year-old Rock Island Bridge adjacent to the Clinton President Center in Little Rock.

The former President will lead a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning at the bridge, which at one time was slated to be torn down.

The pledge to renovate the bridge was made nine years ago, but beginning the work was repeatedly delayed, prompting some to wonder if it ever would happen.

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arkansas vet claims
10:49 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Arkansas VA speeds up vets' claims process

Iraq War vet Jacob Mitchum outside the VA regional office in North Little Rock, AR.
Credit Malcolm Glover

As a wave of veterans returns from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the backlog of disability claims continues to mount. The tangled process of ensuring veterans get financial compensation for their injuries leaves many vets feeling like their twisting in the wind. A program underway at the Veterans Administration in Little Rock aims to tackle that perception.

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Local & Regional News
12:53 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

Little Rock Nine Reunite At Central High To Pose For Photo

The Little Rock Nine pose in front of Little Rock's Central High School for the New Yorker magazine.
Michael Hibblen KUAR

The nine African-Americans who integrated Central High School in 1957 are being featured in this week's issue of the New Yorker that looks at civil rights icons.

Standing in front of the school, the nine posed for the renowned photographer known as Platon, who has taken portraits of presidents and world leaders and was brought to Little Rock by the magazine for the assignment.

Members of the Little Rock Nine are now in their late 60s.  Only three live in Arkansas today, with the rest spread out around the world.

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military agriculture
9:11 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Arkansas National Guard helps Agribusiness in Afghanistan

Members of the Arkansas National Guard's Agricultural Development Team at a workshop in Little Rock.
Credit Malcolm Glover

As President Obama escalates the war in Afghanistan, some members of the Arkansas National Guard will soon deploy to that war-torn country to help the Afghan people bolster agribusiness.

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homeless vet
9:54 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Army veteran overcomes adversity and finds home

Barbara Minyard and her son Kyle at the Our House homeless shelter playground.
Credit Malcolm Glover

For every member of the Armed Forces who fights abroad in war there are countless others, who never enter a battle zone and face their own trials here at home.

FM 89's Malcolm Glover has the story of a single-mother who created a better life for her son by relying on the skills she learned in the Army and the support she received from a Little Rock homeless shelter.

Click here to learn more about the Our House shelter and its programs for homeless families.

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Wounded Warrior3
7:46 pm
Thu October 29, 2009

An Arkansas soldier's story

PFC Kenny Hill's basic training picture.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Retired Army Staff Sergeant Kenny Hill is a disabled veteran and a Purple Heart recipient, who grew up in small town Arkansas.

Every soldier has a story and Kenny Hill's service in the military is a fascinating tale of courage, reported death, and the transformation of a life. FM 89's Malcolm Glover filed this report, as part of KUAR's Impact of War Series.

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Wounded Warrior2
7:42 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Arkansas family wrongly told loved one died in Iraq

The Hill Family at their home in Benton.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan almost 70 Arkansas soldiers and marines have died, according to an online database by The Washington Post that tracks the number of U.S. service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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veterans race
10:58 pm
Sun September 20, 2009

Local bicycle race raises money for wounded veterans

Chad and Stephanie Rozanski with their son Logan.
Credit Malcolm Glover

The Jacksonville community in central Arkansas is trying to help heal the wounds of war by supporting an annual athletic event.

Over the weekend, the Jacksonville Museum of Military History sponsored The Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, which tries to encourage veterans to heal their physical and mental wounds by returning to an active lifestyle.

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Local & Regional News
11:41 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Wounded Warrior Program tries to help returning soldiers

David Farnsworth, an advocate with the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program in Arkansas.
Credit Malcolm Glover

When soldiers return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan many of them want an advocate to help them navigate the difficult terrain of government agencies and private programs that offer the services they desperately need.

FM 89's Malcolm Glover reports on the work of the Army Wounded Warrior Program in Arkansas.

Click here to learn more about the Army Wounded Warrior Program.

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