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Courtesy of John Notgrass

Seventy-five years ago, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, Wesley Notgrass was a 29-year-old soldier in the medical corps from Columbia, Tenn.

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A family of man-made chemicals known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, is starting to gain national attention after studies have linked it to health issues, possibly including cancer.

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN

Student veterans in Middle Tennessee have been hit by a nationwide delay with their GI Bill payments.

And, although state universities are helping students, they worry some veterans might end up dropping out. Middle Tennessee State University is one of them. 

TN Photo Services (file)

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.

Marine Week Nashville photo
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

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.