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Tennessee officials have been working this week to promote the state's new free tuition plans. One program is designed not only to boost college enrollment. It might also help get people into the military.

Courtesy of The Bush Center

A retired sergeant major from Fort Campbell is among the wounded veterans painted by President George W. Bush in a new book released this week, called Portraits of Courage.

Courtesy of Marjorie Eastman

Editor's note: Among the thousands of Americans who decided to join the military after 9/11 was Marjorie Eastman. Now living in Nashville, she recently wrote a book called The Frontline Generation that explores how her time as an Army captain shaped her and how the military has, in some ways, become more progressive than society at large.

As part of our series on identity and culture, Eastman reads an excerpt about a surprising encounter when she was boarding a plane in Texas after returning home from Afghanistan.


Photo courtesy of the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History

Historians from Tennessee are at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, welcoming home soldiers who died in a war that ended 170 years ago. They've been working to fly home skeletal remains from the Mexican-American War discovered in 2011 — believed to be troops from Middle Tennessee.

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Marine Week reaches its climactic moment this weekend in Nashville with two demonstrations by the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

Sgt. Kevin Balduf and Cpl. David Bass
Courtesy of the families

Marines will be highly visible this week in Nashville, conducting massive demonstrations in a city that’s far removed from any of the Corps’ installations. And for a small number of families, the presence of so many uniformed service members will draw out more complicated emotions.

Marine Week Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Marines will descend on Nashville next month for a week-long display of discipline and firepower. They say it’s meant as a way of giving thanks to part of the country where they haven't yet held one of their Marine Week events. And in a city more closely tied to the Army, it will also be a chance to recruit.

Marines in Nashville
Marine Week Nashville

It’s not every day that a military aircraft lands in downtown Nashville’s tourism district. But that’s one of the special permissions that require Metro Council approval before Marine Week in September, when 700 members of the Corps will come to town to show off their skills and heavy-duty equipment.

Emily Siner / WPLN

The Tennessee Department of Veterans Services has put together what it hopes will be a high-profile hub to help the more than 35,000 veterans in Davidson County. 

The group called Nashville Serving Veterans includes representatives from several dozen state and local organizations. It wants to identify who's doing what to help — from furthering veterans' education to helping them find jobs and nailing down benefits. It also will identify what resources are missing, says Department of Veterans Services commissioner Many-Bears Grinder.

U.S. Army

Pfc. Kevin Rodriguez is the 22-year-old infantryman who was shot during a live-fire exercise at Fort Campbell, the post announced Wednesday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on post Tuesday morning.

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