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Texas National Guard soldiers aid stranded residents in Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in 2017. Reuters/Texas Military Department

Remind us: What exactly is the National Guard?

President Trump proposes to send the National Guard to protect the southern US border. Instead of searching for your old civics textbook, here's a pocket history of the soldiers in the spotlight.
Some 17,000 U.S. troops aided in the Caribbean relief effort after hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s roughly equivalent to the U.S. military’s humanitarian mission in the Philippines after Typhoon Hiyan in 2013. U.S. Department of Agriculture

Military mission in Puerto Rico after hurricane was better than critics say but suffered flaws

Compared to its foreign disaster missions, the US military mobilized slowly after Maria. But in numbers, capacity and logistics coordination, its work in Puerto Rico was on par with other aid efforts.
There are more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Eight of them belong to women. Derek Key

American women died in Vietnam, too

Almost hidden in the orderly rows of men's names on the Vietnam War Memorial are those of eight female nurses who died in the conflict.
Marines help the wounded man to an evacuation helicopter near Van Tuong,1965. AP Photo/Peter Arnett

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on honor and war

Is there honor in a losing battle? The US military faced this question in Vietnam. Its response would eventually change how the media covered war and how Americans perceive it.
LGBT veterans march in a Boston parade. Contrary to what some may say, the military has a long history of embracing socially marginalized groups. AP Photo/Steven Senne

The military, minorities and social engineering: A long history

Whether it be African-Americans, Catholics or transgender people, the armed forces have played a vital role in shaping US social policy toward the country's minorities.
An anti-U.S. protest in Yemen during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Can Congress pressure the White House on human rights?

Congress is trying to curb the president's ties to human rights abusers, harkening back to landmark legislation of the 1970s.

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