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
Sterling Wyatt, 21, was a soldier who lost his life in 2012 in an IED explosion while serving the US Army in Afghanistan. His mother, Sherry Wyatt, 55, came to StoryCorps to share the story of how she learned of her son’s character through his journals and stories from his brothers-in-arms.
Sterling Wyatt’s death while serving the US Army in Afghanistan in 2012 lead to the funeral that brought out thousands of Columbians dressed in red to show their support of the Wyatt family.
The story was produced by George Varney for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie.
Shawn Lee is a former Army infantryman who lives in Columbia. He served in both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lee and his friend and fellow veteran Daniel Hartman, came to StoryCorps to talk about why Lee enlisted, and the challenges he faced coming home.
This story was edited by Casey Morell for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie.
Ronald McDonald and Terri Gray cut the ribbon and officially open the new Ronald McDonald House in Columbia Mo., on Oct. 29, 2013. This upcoming year, Gray said the organization looks to provide housing for over 500 families (KBIA/Drew Koch).
Columbia’s new Ronald McDonald House opened Wednesday and is ready for new families.
These charities provide a low or no cost place to stay for families with children currently undergoing treatment at a Columbia health facility. Those facilities are mainly funded through private donations. After two years of work, Columbia’s new Ronald McDonald house in Columbia has officially accepted families to move in.