This special presentation, Off the Base, is a multi-media project designed to build a bridge and give the civilian community a better understanding of military life for service members and their families. It includes radio reports, reaching most of central Florida, that air on WUSF 89.7 News, Tampa, FL.
This space also features contributions from various active duty, retired military and their family members. Researchers, advocates and other stakeholders will have a voice.
Of special interest are military families dealing with multiple deployments to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.Those deployments weigh equally heavy on the family at home as the service member in harms way. There are stories of success and stress that need to be told. We’ll hear from families preparing for deployment, currently living through a deployment and about the adjustments after a service member returns home.
Bobbie O’Brien is the main writer and moderator of this space. She created this forum as part of a special project through the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships established by the former First Lady.
O’Brien won the prestigious fellowship in September 2010 after spending a year reporting a special weekly radio series,My Last Tour , based on a military blog Afghanistan – My Last Tour about the combat deployment of a local airman to Afghanistan. O’Brien has covered military affairs for years and hopes this space will be helpful to active duty personnel and their families as well as veterans both before, during and after deployments.
O’Brien is an Ohio native who has lived in Florida since 1978. She attended Kent State University and graduated from the University of South Florida. She came to WUSF 89.7 in 1990 after more than a decade as a journalist in newspapers and television in the Tampa Bay area.
Bobbie can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (813) 974-8661.