While most of us celebrate our veterans this Memorial Day, the holiday means something more to most men and women who serve.
Every veteran has a story. Robert Reese has thousands of them.
"I was riding home with what they call an armored personnel carrier and we hit a 500 pound command detonated mine and killed everybody on the crew but me and the driver," says Reese.
He was an army ranger in Vietnam and lost a lot of friends. Reese served three back to back tours in Vietnam and earned five Purple Hearts.
"As Max told me one day, I was five times in the wrong place," adds Reese.
And by all accounts, he shouldn't be here today.
"You heard about a cat that's got nine lives? Well, I shot all of 'em in Vietnam. So I'm not supposed to be here. By the grace of God I am here. I'm here to tell you my story today," explains Reese.
He'll tell you that when he came home from Vietnam, he didn't exactly get fanfare and congratulations, "as a matter of fact, I was on crutches in the LA airport and a grandma about 90-years-old hit me upside the head with an umbrella and called me a babykiller," says Reese.
Since that day, Reese has made it his mission to make sure other war veterans get a hero's welcome when they come home and feel appreciated for their sacrifice.
Reese adds, "every American should be standing up proud to support American troops - regardless of what the President does."
And as a veteran, he supports all the forces that fight for our freedom every day, but especially on Memorial Day.