ITHACA, N.Y. — British accent and all, Ithaca Voice reporter Melissa Whitworth appeared on a local radio station earlier this month to talk about her 10-part series on the area’s veterans, “Hope on the Homefront.”

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WRFI radio host Jim Murphy, himself a veteran, spoke with Whitworth about the series and asked about its origins, importance and lessons. (Murphy gave us an audio recording of the interview on Monday.)

Listen to the interview, which begins around the 35-minute mark, here:

Murphy and Whitworth discussed veteran Nathan Lewis, who holds paper-making workshops to help veterans transition from the war zone to home life, and other installments in the series.

“He’s turned his talents into a way to help others,” Whitworth said, noting that Lewis had “helped hundreds of other veterans.”

Murphy also spoke about the need for our society to do more to help veterans who are struggling.

“You’re raising issues that need to be discussed, and it’s critical for veterans,” he said to Whitworth. “Twenty-two veterans (are) committing suicide a day — it’s outrageous.”

“We have to find people who are in that place, and we have to bring them out into the light.”

Check out the whole series here: Hope on the Homefront

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.