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VIDEO: Hear from three local veterans how military service has changed through the ages

The Hampton Roads area is a hub for veterans and each of their stories represent something different about service in the United States military.

Watch the video below this story — these veterans sat down with WYDaily and shared their stories of service:

  • Frank Petrey Sr., a sergeant first class in the Army, served in the Korean War, where he was shot in the stomach and was awarded a Purple Heart. He later worked in supplies during the Vietnam War. Recently, Petrey suffered a stroke and is no longer able to speak. His daughter, Donia “Faye” Shaw, now speaks for him.
  • SSgt. Angela Zamiska retired from the Air Force in 2001, but not after serving during the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996. Her time in the Air Force gave her a different perspective on what it means to serve as a woman.
  • TSgt. Ashley Williams was a recruiter for the Air Force and spent a portion of her service molding the military members who followed her. Serving in Qatar after 9/11 wasn’t easy but being a single mom while serving proved to be its own unique challenge.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Nov. 11, 2019.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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