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Local Vietnam veteran Russ Cupp received something recently that was more than 45 years overdue—a “thank you” for his service in Vietnam.

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Photo by James K. F. Dung, SFC, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Retired Army Colonel T. C. Smith reflects on his service in Vietnam and WHRO's Vietnam initiative as we anticipate the release of Ken Burns' new documentary.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar

The upcoming premiere of Ken Burns’ new documentary, The Vietnam War, has provided a unique opportunity to explore the stories behind those who went off to war. 

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As part of WHRO's Vietnam War initiative, a group of local Vietnam veterans and members of the Vietnamese community came together for a day of sharing at a local Buddhist temple.

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Community Initiatives

Here's what we've currently got in the works to bring education, enlightenment, and inspiration to Hampton Roads.

American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative focuses on helping youth succeed in school, career, and life by exploring challenges to entering the workforce facing today's youth. Find out more


Hampton Roads is home to over 217,000 veterans. We're currently involved in these initiatives with them:

Veterans Coming Home

Veterans Coming Home explores "what works" for veterans as they return to civilian life sharing both the challenges and success stories of veterans who are making a difference in the workplace, on campus, and in their communities. Find out more

Wall of Faces

There are 1,307 names of Virginian Vietnam veterans listed on The Wall. WHRO is proud to spearhead a state-wide initiative and engage partners and community individuals to ensure every Virginian listed has a photo. Find out more

Race: Let's Talk About It

Stories and events that foster conversations about race relations in America. Find out more

Emerging Leaders Board

Young professionals passionate about public media and supporting its mission. Find out more

Let's Eat

Cooking Tips • Recipes from Area Chefs • Restaurant Reviews • Seasonal Delights Find out more

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