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."
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

'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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The USS Fitzgerald sits in dry dock in Yokosuka, Japan after a June 17 collision with a merchant vessel.
Christian Senyk / U.S. Navy

Human error is likely to be among the causes of two separate collisions involving Navy destroyers. The accidents killed 17 sailors.

Lt. Cmdr. Valerie Greenaway conducts a Navy training session in December 2016, when an Obama-era policy allowed transgender service members to serve openly. Now, President Trump has ordered a ban on transgender recruits.
Erwin Jacob V Miciano / U.S. Navy

President Trump's directive prohibits transgender people from joining the military and bans the military from paying for gender reassignment surgery. But it doesn't address what will happen to transgender people currently serving.

Pilots from the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron fly a C130 to evacuate patients from St. Croix.
Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

More than a week after Hurricane Maria, the Air Force continues daily medical evacuation flights from St. Croix. Patients are heading to South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Humanitarian flights to the islands of St. Croix and Puerto Rico are continuing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Crews based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Friday loaded a cargo plane with supplies and headed for St. Croix, where patients from island hospitals were picked up and taken to a Columbia, South Carolina hospital

Patients are evacuated from St. Croix by the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron of Reserves based at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base.
The 927th Air Refueling Wing

Military C-130 and C-17 aircraft have been outfitted with medical equipment, as the Air Force flies patients to hospitals in the mainland U.S.

Members of the Jacksonville, N.C. Rolling Thunder chapter pass a flame during a cememony honoring prisoners of war and troops missing in action.
Jay Price / American Homefront

In the Vietnam War era, Americans became more interested in recovering missing troops -- largely because of the activism of some military families.

Thomas J. Brennan first started writing about war through letters home to his wife when he was deployed in a remote village in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

A San Antonio-based MAST crew loads a patient onto a medevac helicopter around 1970. The MAST program was designed to bring battlefield emergency medical techniques to civilians in the U.S.
Army Medical Department Museum

The well-equipped medevac helicopters that transported injured troops in Vietnam became the model for today's air ambulance services in the U.S.

Nancy Hatch Dupree helped preserve the culture and history in Afghanistan through years of war and turmoil. She moved to Kabul in 1962 with her first husband and went on to write five books and more than 100 articles on Afghanistan. 

Sailors steer the USS Gabrielle Giffords as the ship comes into San Diego.
Steve Walsh / American Homefront

The speedy, high-tech Littoral Combat Ship has been plagued with delays, mechanical problems and cost overruns.

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