Maj. Gen. Viet X. Luong, the first Vietnam-born service member to reach the general officer rank, shared his story of escaping the war in Vietnam in 1975.
Diane Otto Watkins wanted to become a professional musician after high school. She didn't have much money for college, and she didn’t see many opportunities available for women. So she joined the Women's Army Corps.
When you're stuck in a bad situation, someone has to take the lead. That's what Marine Corps Pfc. Robert C. Burke did when his unit was pinned down by intense enemy fire in Vietnam. Burke didn't make it out alive, but his actions earned him the Medal of Honor.
For as long as she can remember, Army Col. Danielle Ngo wanted to be a soldier. Today she encourages young people to consider serving, whether it be in their communities or in the military.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.