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Veteran Voices on WBOI

We heard from area veterans during the month of July, gathering their thoughts freedom and America.


Bonita Brown (US Army)
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Bonita Brown (US Army)
Bonita Brown

Bonita Brown is a U.S. Army Veteran. Freedom to her means living unapologetically, being who we are without any fears.

Curtis Johnson (USMC)
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Curtis Johnson (USMC)
Curtis Johnson

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Curtis Johnson said freedom is not just what makes dreams come true, but what makes dreams possible.

Stephen Lanier (USAF)
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Stephen Lanier (USAF)
Steve Lanier

Steve Lanier served in the U.S. Air Force, and for him, freedom is when the ballot box has a relationship to the bread box.

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Sheryl Edwards

Sheryl Edwards served in the U.S. Army Reserve, spending a combined 50-years in the service her husband. She is proud to have served, and to be an American.

Phillip Johnson-USN
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Dr. Phillip Johnson

Dr. Phillip Johnson is a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He said he is happy and proud, living in the greatest country in the world.

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David Miller

David Miller served in the U.S. Air Force, and is the 4th District Commander of the American Legion. To him, freedom means serving your country, no matter where you came from.

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Bennie Edwards

The experiences that Bennie Edwards had in the U.S. Army Reserve helped him grow, and hopes that he was able to make a difference.

Cricket Griswold (USMC)
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Cricket Griswold (USMC)
Cricket Griswold

Freedom for U.S. Marine Corps veteran Cricket Griswold is remembering those who fought and died for her to make her own personal decisions, and tries to make the best decisions that she can.

Joyce Smith (USAF) and husband Darryl Smith (USAF)
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Joyce Smith (USAF) and husband Darryl Smith (USAF)
Joyce Smith

Joyce and Darryl Smith both served in the U.S. Air Force. For Joyce, freedom is being able to raise her family in a moral way, and that others can do the same.

Frank Billingsley (USMC)
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Frank Billingsley (USMC)
Frank Billingsley

Frank Billingsley is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Freedom is a choice that comes from within, he said. And it comes with the responsibility to honor other's choices.

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Ed Cotton

U.S. Navy veteran Ed Cotton feels that freedom gave him the opportunity to serve, and to protect this country.