by: Amy Wood
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Many Vietnam veterans have been right in the center of the movement to help other veterans. And they’ve been at it for decades.
But 7NEWS Anchor Amy Wood found out there’s a shift underway.
Vietnam left wounds for Craig Burnette, a platoon leader who fought for the survival of his men in the jungle. He now enters his fourth decade of keeping men and women who served alive on local soil.
He’s worked with thousands of veterans.
“I can’t kick the crack. Or I have to have my six pack at night, it’s the only way I can sleep,” Burnette said. “I mean I have heard thousands of those stories.”
Burnette spent decades working as a VA psychologist, helping veterans battle the scars you cannot see. When he got back to Spartanburg, he realized homeless veterans needed some serious help.
He helped organize The Upstate Stand Down. It’s a one stop event to connect homeless veterans with services that can help turn things around.
Burnette, now 75-years-old, has been working with Iraq war veteran, Charlie Hall, for more than a decade. Burnette spent mentoring and encouraging Hall’s vision for Upstate Warrior Solution.
As a marine, Hall spent two years blowing things up in Iraq. He was part of an engineering team that tried to keep the insurgents from reaching our troops.
Once home, a 2008 recession-inspired job helping wounded marines turned into Hall’s new life mission.
“There’s a host of resources in the community at their fingertips, but these young veterans don’t know how to access those and leverage them,” Hall said.
If you are a veteran who needs help or you know one, reach out to UpstateWarriorSolution.org.
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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville County School Board has decided it will not allow their properties to be used to host clinics for vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), which includes most COVID-19 vaccines. Board members had an initial vote on the issue on Tuesday morning.
“A couple of our elected board members wanted to make sure that we don’t hold any kind of vaccine clinic, a mobile clinic or anything of that sort on Greenville County School property. So, they brought this up as an action item on the Committee of the Whole agenda, and it was discussed by the entire board today,” said Tim Waller, Spokesperson for Greenville County Schools. “So when this becomes a final vote in two weeks, this will mean that with the vaccines and their status right now, Greenville County Schools will no longer be able to offer any kind of a vaccine clinic on school property.”
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The NFL’s review into the Green Bay Packers COVID-19 protocols has been completed and is resulting in fines, multiple outlets reported Tuesday evening.
ESPN reported the Packers have been fined $300,000 for violations while quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard are each fined $14,650.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJW) — A sacred place steeped American history is opening to the public for the first time in nearly 100 years.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza, a spot in Arlington National Cemetery usually only the Sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (a.k.a. “The Old Guard”) is allowed to be near, is celebrating its centennial with a public flower ceremony through Wednesday.
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