Thelisha Eaddy

Looking Through a Different Lens: Veterans Use Photography to Help Cope with PTSD

By Thelisha Eaddy

Retired Air Force veteran Eugene DuVall shares the story behind one of her photographs

June is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.  The mental health problem can develop after a person has been exposed to one or more traumatic events. For members of the military, PTSD can develop because of combat and missions where soldiers were exposed to horrible and life-threatening experiences. According to the health clinic at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, 22,000 veterans are seen for mental services in general, many of them are referred for PTSD therapy.

Where They Stand: Candidates Vying For State's Top Job Debate Ahead of June Primary

By Thelisha Eaddy

Republican candidates for Governor on debate stage May 23.

The state’s primary election is June 12. All executive office positions are up for election as well as all seven seats of the US House of Representatives. The eight candidates vying for the state’s top job recently fielded questions on various topics during two, hour-long debates. Republicans debated May 23 and Democrats on May 24. Democratic candidates Phil Nobel, Marguerite Willis and James Smith answered questions on the failed V.C. Summer Nuclear power station, education, legalizing marijuana, protecting students from school shootings and more.

Mobile Business Class Helps Military Spouses Gain, Maintain Employment

By Thelisha Eaddy

Starting a Mobile Business for Military Spouses class at Fort Jackson.

One of the ways the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides assistance to small businesses is through education. SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses. In South Carolina, a fairly new education program for military spouses teaches how to start a mobile business.

What We Know About the SC National Guard Deployment to Mexican Border

By Thelisha Eaddy

Governor Henry McMaster

A month ago, Gov. Henry McMaster offered to send SC National Guard troops to Texas to help fight illegal immigration along the Mexican border. Friday, the Governor officially announced one Army National Guard helicopter and approximately nine Soldiers and crew will leave for the area the week of May 13. Here’s what we know.

The Federal Gov. Granted More Money, Now Richland County Is Helping More Flood Victims

By Thelisha Eaddy

Richland County celebrates the first new mobile home given to a 2015 flood survivor.

For the past two years, South Carolina has been in recovery mode. Long-term recovery for families, business and municipalities, following the historic rain event and flood of October 2015, is seen in almost every county. Recently, during National Community Development Week, Richland County celebrated the first home in its flood recovery program given to a flood survivor.

Exiting FCC Commissioner Talks Net Neutrality, Prison Violence and Her Future

By Thelisha Eaddy

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

For the past nine years, South Carolina native Mignon Clyburn has served as commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She was sworn into office, on August 3, 2009 at the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Courthouse in Columbia and since then has become a strong supporter of net neutrality, media ownership reform and lowering prison phone rates.

They Fought in an Unpopular War; 50 Years Later, Vietnam Vets Finally Hear “Thank You”

By Thelisha Eaddy

During the ceremony, this army-green colored box sat on the steps of the state house. Below, Veteran Affairs Director Howard Metcalf shares the significance of the box.

The last American troops withdrew from South Vietnam in 1975. On March 29, the 50th anniversary of this historic event coincided with the first National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Vietnam War Veterans Day is a new holiday, established when President Trump signed the Vietnam War Recognition Act of 2017. Veterans and supporters across the country gathered to remember their sacrifices and also to finally hear the words "thank you for your service." The Vietnam War extended from the 1950s to 1975. Almost 900 South Carolinians died in the war.

March for Our Lives: Moments From Across South Carolina

By Thelisha Eaddy

March for Our Lives Demonstrators in North Charleston, SC

As thousands of students, teachers and supporters gathered in the nation’s capital Saturday for the March for Our Lives rally, thousands more gathered in cities across South Carolina to join the collective voice of teens and young Americans demanding greater gun control laws.

According to the March for Our Lives website, more than 800 events, worldwide, were scheduled for Saturday, March 23, including events in North Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville.