These veterans served in different branches and different conflicts, but one thing unites them — their love of music.
We Are The Mighty and USAA flew the Mission: Music finalists to the world-famous Ocean Way Studio in Nashville for a recording session where we took the opportunity to chat about the music that influenced them along the way.
U.S. Marine JP Guhns likened songs to little checkmarks — little memories — along his military career, while husband and wife duo Home Bru brought up how music connected them to their family.
"Talking about our grandparent's generation and their service kind of inspires you to be a service member as well," observed Chelsea, while Matt talked about the music that helped him when he missed home.
Air Force veteran Theresa Bowman cautions people not to underestimate her because of her stature — ACDC is on her list because she knows how to bring the dynamite.
Bobby Blackhat Walters brings the blues, which reminds him of the tough times and the good times.
Meanwhile, Steve Schneider of Jericho Hill related to Thrice's "Stare at the Sun," a tune about looking for something to believe in. Many veterans can relate to the feeling of questioning what they're fighting for, and for this soldier, music helped him come up with an answer.
"There are days in the military where you might not have a whole lot to do, but they're gonna find stuff for you to do," laughed U.S. Navy veteran McClain Potter as he explained why "Everyday is Exactly The Same" from Nine Inch Nails is on his Battle Mix.
Check out the full Mission: Music Finalist Battle Mix on Spotify by clicking right here and don't forget to vote for your favorite artist by clicking right here: