• Only 1 percent of Americas serve in the U.S. military. The majority of the 99 percent don’t come into personal contact with service members. They don’t know the people who defend their freedoms. Many Americans would be surprised to learn how much responsibility a 22-year-old noncommissioned officer has. They many not understand how important training and teamwork are to surviving during combat or difficult peacetime missions. They many also be surprised to learn about the personal sacrifices and separations that soldiers and their families endure routinely. This is where retired soldiers and veterans come in. Retired soldiers are asked to tell their Army story to friends, neighbors and coworkers.