Don Hammond is a former member of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. He is a Vietnam Era veteran who also served in the 25th Infantry Division from 1974-1978. Later, Don served as a military broadcaster at the Southern Command Network in the former Canal Zone of Panama. While in Panama, 1981-1984, Hammond also attended and successfully passed requirements to receive his army airborne jump wings and a Jungle Expert patch. Both schools were operated by the Army's elite 7th Special Forces Group. Don's military background has led him to specialize in veterans issues. He took his series of reports called "Forgotten Promises" to Washington D.C. where he reported from the capital and white house as a D.C. bureau chief in 2005.
Don was born in Youngstown, Ohio, but was raised in a rural setting around the Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, area. He began his broadcast career in 1979, during a break in military service, as an announcer on WCNW and WLVV radio in Fairfield, Ohio. The attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan prompted Don to go back in the Army as a military broadcaster in 1981. Don's last military assignment was as a voice and diction instructor at the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana. He was honorably discharged in 1986.
Don's interests include the military, agriculture, manufacturing, geology, history, martial arts, handball and racquetball. Don was also a four-year member of the all-service wrestling team in Hawaii. He coached the team his final season in 1978 and won a state of Hawaii Greco Roman wrestling title in 1977. Don also was decorated for actions he performed while attempting to put out a wild fire on top of a Navy ammo dump on the island of Oahu in 1976.
Don is now excited to be working in West Virginia where he remembers his dad would travel sometimes to work in the steel and manufacturing industry. Don's first memories of West Virginia center around some weekend vacation trips in an old '49 Packard the family fixed up with white spray paint, pop rivets and old Maxwell house coffee cans. Now Don drives a pickup which he uses for his community service work helping the elderly and handicapped called "Let Don Do It." If you know someone like that who could uses some help in or outside the house with a nagging task or chore that may be difficult to do give Don a call at 304-395-3702.