Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier appeared at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Cal. as part of her nationwide tour for "Rifles and Rosary Beads."
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'Why Him And Not Me?' Songwriting To Mend The Wounds Of War

For her new album, Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier collaborated with veterans to write songs about war, service, and life after the military.

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At Georgia's Fort Benning, female soldiers are fighting a two-month battle. Their enemies? Hunger, fatigue, even hallucination. They're fighting their way through the Army's notoriously hard Ranger School, trying to make history by becoming the first women to graduate from it.

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

George Patterson and Dave Cable

More than a thousand service members remain listed as Missing In Action from the Vietnam War. The brother of one of them still holds out hope.


U.S. Marines who fought long and bloody battles to drive insurgents out of the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah watched with disappointment as the cities fell to the self-described Islamic State.

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Local housing officials need the cooperation of landlords to comply with the federal government's goal of ending homelessness among veterans.


NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the second of four reports this week about the National Guard.

Inside the hangar at Washington state's Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the Army National Guard mechanics are busy maintaining a neat line of Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters.

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While suicide rates remain high among recent veterans, a new study found that deploying to a war zone doesn't necessarily increase a service members' suicide risk.


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The Department of  Veterans Affairs has announced it will allow more veterans to seek medical care closer to home.  The policy change came less than 24 hours after Jon Stewart featured a KUOW story on Comedy Central's "Daily Show." The story -- part of the American Homefront Project -- described the problems of rural veterans who seek medical care.

Patricia Murphy joins host John Hockenberry on PRI's "The Takeway." They talk about her coverage of the VA's "Choice Card" program, which is falling short of its goals of providing timely health care to rural vets.

Veteran Gloria Hoeppner holds her Choice card.
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A $15 billion federal program intended to improve veterans' health care is off to a rocky start, and some members of Congress are calling for significant reforms.

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