Levi Newman grew up in Stella, Missouri, a small town near Joplin of less than 200 people. Ten days after finishing up high school, Newman decided to join the Army. His life in the service changed significantly when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Now, after 10 years in the military, Newman graduated from MU. He currently is Senior Author and Director of Outreach at Veterans United in Columbia, where he writes stories or opinion pieces and reaches out to the community. Co-worker Jeff Ousley sat down with Newman to look back on his life in the military and transition back to a rural area.
Tony Nochim produced this story for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie
More than a dozen military members and their family and friends came to the KBIA studios in September to take part in StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, in partnership with the MU Extension Community Arts Project. For the next week and a half, we’ll be sharing their stories during Morning Edition each weekday at 6:35am, and on kbia.org.