Helping The Heroes
10:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Young, Disabled, Combat Veterans Are Grateful For St. Louis Supporters

Marine combat veteran Todd Nicely and Xerxes on the deck of his home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

People often call Todd Nicely a hero, but the 30-year-old Marine combat veteran would prefer that they didn’t.

Nicely, who lost his arms and legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan four years ago, says the heroes of the 13-year war on terror are the 6,841 U.S. service members who have died while serving their country since Sept. 11.

“If they want to call me an inspiration because of the things I have to do on a daily basis, fine. I’ll take that,’’ says Nicely. “But hero? No. I have friends who are heroes. The guys who aren’t coming home -- those are the heroes.”

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Missouri Government
7:53 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Missouri Governor Makes Fourth Trip To Afghanistan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and three other governors meet with top members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan.
Credit Governor's Office

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to return to Jefferson City on Monday after an undercover, whirlwind trip to Afghanistan over the weekend.

It was Nixon’s fourth trip to the war zone, where U.S. troops have been present for more than a decade.

According to the governor’s office, he “arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation of four U.S. governors that included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Tennessee Gov. William Haslam.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Author Discusses Shortcomings Of Social Science Program Introduced During The War In Afghanistan

Vanessa Gezari
Deborah Copaken Kogan / Courtesy Simon & Schuster

American involvement in the war in Afghanistan is winding down with no real victory in sight. In the midst of the war a new program called the Human Terrain System was introduced, intended to aid soldiers on the ground by helping them understand the cultural nuances of the Afghan and Iraqi people. The program  had good intentions but fatal flaws, said journalist and author Vanessa Gezari.

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Scott Air Force Base
4:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Scott AFB Pilot Among 4 Killed In Afghanistan

28-year-old Capt. Brandon Cyr of Woodbridge, Va. Cyr had been stationed at Scott Air Force Base and died in a weekend plane crash in Afghanistan.
(Scott Air Force Base)

The U.S. Department of Defense says one of four Air Force members killed in a weekend plane crash in Afghanistan was a pilot who had been stationed at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.

The department says 28-year-old Capt. Brandon Cyr of Woodbridge, Va., died in Saturday's crash of an Air Force MC-12 aircraft.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The Pentagon says there were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Covering Conflict: Journalists Share Stories Of Mo. National Guard Soldiers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jesse Bogan and chief photographer J.B. Forbes
Courtesy: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Military men and women who serve overseas encounter dangerous situations and often struggle with separation from family and friends.

The same is true of journalists who embed themselves with soldiers.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch chief photographer J.B. Forbes, who has worked at the newspaper since 1975, and reporter Jesse Bogan recently returned from Afghanistan.  They were embedded with about 100 members of the Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Engineer Company, covering and sharing the stories of soldiers who have temporarily left their civilian jobs.  

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Nixon in Afghanistan
6:11 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Gov. Nixon Visits Mo. Troops In Afghanistan

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) meets with Missouri National Guard troops in Afghanistan on Dec. 5th, 2012.
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is in Afghanistan visiting members of the Missouri National Guard who won’t be home for the holidays.

The governor arrived in Kuwait Tuesday afternoon and visited guardsmen and women from Springfield and Sedalia before moving on to Afghanistan.  Once there, he visited an engineer company from Farmington and the surrounding area.

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Veterans Day 2012
6:59 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Wounded Mo. Vet Gets 'Smart Home'

Tyler Huffman, 24, enters his new "smart home" following a ceremony held on Nov. 12, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A paralyzed Afghan War veteran from central Missouri received a special gift for Veterans Day -- a “smart home” which was custom-built for him and designed to help him live as independently as possible.

Tyler Huffman, 24, is a native of Fulton who joined the Marines in 2007.  He was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 after being shot twice by an enemy sniper.  Huffman initially sought to buy an existing home in the Fulton area that could be adapted to his needs, but a group of volunteers in Jefferson City banded together to build him the state-of-the-art home.

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Lt. Schulte Memorial
12:06 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Three years ago this week, a roadside bomb killed Lt. Roslyn Schulte.

The St. Louis native was the first female graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to be killed in combat. Now, a new memorial honors her life and death - a plaque under the flagpole at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.

Schulte was traveling from a refugee camp to Bagram Air Force Base when the bomb hit on May 20, 2009. She was one of 461 American soldiers killed in action that year.

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Morning round-up
7:43 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

County parks audit finds spending on vehicles during budget crisis

An internal audit of the St. Louis County Parks Department has found the department spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new vehicles, even as county executive Charlie Dooley was threatening to close parks and lay off employees.

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President Obama / Afghanistan
5:41 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

President Obama speaks to the nation from Afghanistan

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us this evening for this previously scheduled event.

See NPR's The Two-Way for a live blog of the address.

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