I serrved on board a submarine in the US Navy. I don't make a big deal about it. I'm proud of it, it helped me become what I am today. It gave me a much different outlook on what it means to be a citizen of the United States. I'm glad I served.
I've noticed there is always a connection between those who served. Regardless of the branch or era, that bond exists between. The closer the service, the closer the bond, but it exists in all of us. For better or worse, we share common experiences and common beliefs. Some with stories to tell, others with stories they'd rather not tell.