When people join the military, they strike a complicated bargain for their families. They get job security and opportunity- but also danger and disruption in their lives. In a similar way, towns that host military bases get mixed blessings. Fayetteville is home to the Army\’s biggest post in terms of population- with 60,000 military and civilian employees. Soldiers and families make up half the city\’s population. A new documentary, \”Married to the Military,\” takes us to Fayetteville. For decades, the city has endured a reputation as a seedy Army town with more than its share of strip clubs and pawn shops. But Fayetteville\’s leaders are trying to change that image. \”Married to the Military\” is a production of American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media, and the Center For Documentary Studies at Duke University. Here\’s an excerpt from producer John Biewen.
Archive for June, 2005
Patients exposed to hydraulic fluid from a mistake at Duke hospitals are worried. They\’ve received assurances from Duke their health won\’t be affected by the mistake, but some of them are not convinced. And they say it\’s taken Duke too long to respond to them. Rose Hoban reports.
President Bush’s commitment to stay the course in Iraq was applauded by his military audience at Fort Bragg. The President’s speech also won plaudits at a bar near the base. Rusty Jacobs reports from Fayetteville.
Military officials, community leaders and state leaders made the case for North Carolina’s military installations Tuesday during the regional Base Realignment and Closure hearings in Charlotte. Simone Orendain reports.
President Bush is in North Carolina to deliver a primetime address tonight about the war in Iraq. He’s at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville which is one of the largest Army bases in the country. Cynthia Ingle spoke with reporter Rusty Jacobs about what people in Fayetteville think of the visit.