Social Media sites for members of the military open new doors - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Social Media sites for members of the military open new doors

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus.More >>
  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:15:06 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:28:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Army Aviation Operation Specialist Tony Baker is grateful to finally be home with his family.

"I messed up my knee in Afghanistan and I fell on my weapon," said Baker.

However the 22 year old says being thrust back into civilian life and facing everyday challenges has been tough. 

"It's been very difficult trying to get back into working and get back into school," added Baker.

And that's not all that's on his mind right now.

"Finding the information to where all veteran's benefits and veteran's assistance that you can get is very difficult to find," said Baker. 

But in recent months, Facebook and other social media sites has become an important tool in tackling his issues.

"That's how I get all my information," said Baker.

"All my friends that I served with are on Facebook so I use that to get in contact with them."

As veterans make the transition out of military life, social networking has become a support system and lifeline.

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan says social media sites are game-changers when it comes to reaching out to veterans.

"A lot of veterans they need help navigating this system and this is what these E-benefits actually do and it makes if much faster for the veterans."

"UNC Charlotte just received a 1.5 million dollars to help train veterans for job opportunities."

For Baker the sites have also become a way for him to keep in touch and share his experiences with others, something the experts say is invaluable for recovery.

"It makes me feel like there are still people out there like me."

The Veterans Affairs Department recently issued a social media policy that "highly encouraged" the use of blogs, Facebook, Twitter urging VA employees to interact with the public online.

That way Veterans have consistent and convenient access to reliable VA information.

Copyright 2013 WBTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.