17 Veterans Confess Why They Chose To Join The Armed Forces

Thank you all for your service.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand once said, "While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve."

That debt began the moment they made the monumental decision to sign up and serve. When they decided to put aside their needs in favor of their country's needs and don a military uniform for the first time. For that, they deserve our support and our gratitude.

There are over one million active duty soldiers, and all of them signed up to serve their country for different reasons. Thankfully, Whisper can give us insight into their decision-making process. Seventeen veterans shared why they decided to enlist on the confessions app. For our parts, we're just grateful they did.

1.

I joined the Navy because I want to make something of myself, but sometimes
I just feel like I

2.

I joined the army to run away from my life. I have never felt better.

3.

I joined the army to impress a girl; she didn

4.

I enlisted not for me, not for my country, but my future children that I
will have one day. I want them to have a life I never experienced.

5.

I joined the Navy because they had the coolest uniforms of the armed
forces...

6.

Part of the reason I joined the army was to meet my future husband

7.

I thought I joined the Navy for educational purposes but I keep realizing
it was really to support & defend the United States of America.

8.

I joined the navy to deploy on peace keeping missions and help people in
third world countries.15 years later, I hope I made a difference.

9.

I joined the Air Force for brotherhood and to give back to my country for
giving me a free life.

10.

I

11.

I joined the army to get away from the woman I loved because she didn

12.

There

13.

People always ask me why I enlisted, I did it because I want to make
something out of myself

14.

I joined the Navy to defend my country and follow in my father

15.

I joined the army to prove to everyone that I

16.

I joined the Army for my own future.. not for the country. Sorry not sorry

17.

I enlisted in the military because I wanted to serve our country. And yes,
I

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