Stories of Service



These are just a few of the many Stories of Service WIPB has had the privilege of telling, with the help of area military veterans. Click on their photos below to see and hear their stories.

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Joe Book 

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James Garringer

Vivian Fields

Vivian Fields

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John Dunk



Highlighting the efforts of four outstanding local veterans who have proudly served our country.

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, four veterans were honored in a ceremony before the Ball State vs. Virginia Military Institute game. That weekend, WIPB-TV (49.1) aired a 30-minute program highlighting the stories, service and sacrifices of each of the honored Vietnam veterans.


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John Bultman
Corporal, Marine Corps
Vietnam War

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Robert Walradth

Specialist E-4, Army
Vietnam War

Gerald Waite
First Lieutenant, Army
Vietnam War

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Gary Bussell
Specialist E-5, Army/National Guard
Vietnam War


Stories of Courage. Stories of Sacrifice. Stories of Service

PBS has joinedefforts with trusted public media partners to bring you Stories of Service, a multi-platform initiative that unites powerful stories and conversations around one of our country’s most resilient communities: our military veterans.

As part of PBS’ commitment to sharing stories important to our communities and our world, Stories of Service will connect programming and online initiatives tied to military service across public media. PBS viewers will be able to hear the stories and experiences of veterans as told through PBS’ extensive pipeline of documentaries and specials, and through original digital content coming directly from PBS member stations. Programming highlights include:

“The programs featured as part of Stories of Service tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation’s military history,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “As America’s storyteller, we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs. Across the public television community, stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families.”

Get Started. Browse a list of shows and films available to watch on PBS right now. And join the conversation in social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.


Coming Back with Wes Moore tells the story of best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society.

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