Melissa Gaona, WDBJ7

Melissa Gaona


Virginia, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

Retired Air Force Colonel shares her 9/11 story while working at Pentagon

Colonel Donna Fore recalls her time at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. → Read More

Female combat veteran says ‘failure is not an option’

A Gulf War veteran continues to fight for her life → Read More

Marines keep camaraderie alive

Once a month, a group of Marines meets for breakfast. → Read More

Dinner theatre raising money for new school

A murder mystery dinner to raise money for new school → Read More

Vietnam veteran working to feed other veterans through charity

A Hometown veteran helping other veterans with the gift of nutritious food → Read More

All American Festival and Fireworks event coming to Bedford County

Spring Valley Farm hosting the All American Festival and Fireworks for Independence Day celebration → Read More

Summer youth choir invites youth for food, fellowship and fun

Summer Youth Choir happening in downtown Roanoke and targeting youth ages 9 to 14 for fun, fellowship, and food. → Read More

103-year-old World War II veteran is world-famous

Orland Phillips is a World War II veteran and just turned 103 years old → Read More

A determined veteran finds the military and the love of his life

An Army veteran found retirement and a wife in the military. → Read More

Hometown veteran navigates life and the aftermath of war with love

Vietnam Veteran explains his time in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam → Read More

Roanoke veteran finding success long after serving in Vietnam

A local Vietnam veteran is not letting anything stop him from pursuing his purpose. → Read More

Marine veteran shares his experience with trauma

A Roanoke Marine veteran explains how he turned his trials into success → Read More

Hometown Veterans: Honoring the memory of a Vietnam veteran

A man shares his father's military story in Vietnam to honor his memory. → Read More

Hometown Veterans: Silverine Vineyard

Picture having to be one of the first Black females to enter an all white military unit. → Read More

Horses help Army veteran overcome suicide and trauma

A local veteran says Memorial Day is often taken for granted. → Read More

Behind the frontline: The sacrifice of military families

Military families and the sacrifice they make so those who serve can do their jobs → Read More

F.L.Y. Girl Rap Session event aims to empower young girls

F.L.Y. (forever love yourself) Girl Rap Session was founded by Charnika Elliot after realizing the need for young girls to be empowered, especially during an age of social media. → Read More

Hometown Veterans: Tammy Hash Carraway

When you first meet Tammy, you’d probably never guess this petite, kind, and generous woman led troops in the United States Army. → Read More

Local WWII veteran shares his story after surviving the battle of Iwo Jima

93-year old Iwo Jima survivor Bob Craighead suffers from dementia, but his memories of the battlefield remain sharp. → Read More

Monarch butterflies make a stop in Vinton

A landscaping store in Vinton, Virgina came across a Monarch butterfly laying eggs on a milkweed plant. After protecting the eggs in an enclosure, we were able to capture the process and watch the Monarch spread its beautiful wings. → Read More