This Saturday (12/16), volunteers across the country will come together to honor and remember veterans. On today’s Virginia Currents, 88.9 WCVE’s Phil Liles has more on the local Wreaths Across America event and efforts to document the lives of fallen soldiers.
Phil (Philomena) Liles has worked as a radio broadcaster for more than 20 years. She was the News Director for Smooth Jazz WJCD in Norfolk, Virginia, then worked as the Afternoon Drive Time Announcer for Soft Rock 100.1 WQIC in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She moved to Richmond in 2008 and is the Monday through Friday local news host for 88.9 WCVE’s broadcast of Morning Edition.
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During the Vietnam War, photographers captured millions of images. One of the most recognizable depicted children scared and running after a napalm attack. The military permitted journalists to travel freely in the country, enabling them to document the realities of war. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, 88.9 WCVE’s Phil Liles has more on a local journalist who was there and the women who broke barriers during the conflict.
A new barn for Richmond’s Mounted Police Squad likely won’t be built this year. But advocates say they’ll continue to raise awareness about the need for a new facility.
Phil: Under the concrete pillars holding up Chamberlayne Road overpass at Brook Rd. sits a small white concrete building, that is home to four horses, with the Richmond Mounted Police Squad.
After serving in the Army during the Vietnam era, Rufus Cuffee had a nearly 40 year long career at the Pentagon. His spouse Diane says he was a supervisor in heating and refrigeration, and was there on September 11, 2001.
Diane Cuffee: 9/11 he was there, he left that morning for a class. The very area that the plane went in, that’s where he was supposed to have the meeting but they moved the meeting further down the hall and not long after that the plane hit that area.
She says within a month, she noticed signs of PTSD.
88.9 WCVE’s Phil Liles recently spoke with Dr. Drew Moghanaki about a new lung cancer trial program being implemented by the Veteran’s Administration.
The VA Cooperative Studies Progream will be providing $25 million for the trial focused on stereotactic radiation versus surgery.
Dr. Moghanaki says this phase 3 trial is part of the VA’s mission to address lung cancer head-on. The largest study of this kind in the world, Dr. Moghanaki says it could change lung cancer treatment practices globally.
Susan Swain speaks about her C-Span book about famous First Ladies.
WCVE's Phil Liles sits down for and interview with Laura Waters Hinson, director of the new film, "Many Beautiful Things."