My father is a 22 year Army veteran (Ranger). Joined after graduating college and left for Viet Nam less than two months after I was born. My father-in-law (who I sadly never met) 'snuck' into the Army at age 17 to fight in WWII. He was shot during the Battle of the Bulge, separated from his unit, and lived to tell about it. My mother-in-law still has his written accounts of the several days that followed as he worked his way back to his team and nursed his injuries.