When he left to join the military everyone was surprised. His college was paid for in full, and he had a real estate license in south Florida, when real estate was lucrative. He was doing fantastic. But he felt the need to do/be something else, and he chose instead to serve in the military.
My husband is a veteran who served a good deal of his time overseas. Many members of our family, on both sides, are veterans as well.
In our house, we respect and appreciate those who are serving, and those who have served. God bless our troops.