I admire those young men and women who answer the call of Uncle Sam to enlist in the armed forces and give at least four years of their life protecting the freedom of our country.

My nephew, Jonathan, is one of those young people who had it all planned out. He’s like that. He’s a high school graduate and attended Appalachian State University earning a bachelor’s degree. He did this while working for Sherwin Williams and then enlisting in the United States Coast Guard with goals to go further his career and education in law enforcement and search and rescue.