I'm going to give my opinion here that may be a little different than most. Anybody can pick up a Jane's book and see what the tools that our military can do. Anyone can watch news footage from an embedded reporter and see what "war" looks like. Anyone can Google stories or watch movies or any other avenue available to give them the "I know what they do" mentality.
But to me, it is so much more than that. It is about doing all that you can for a Soldier who is going through personal problems. It is all about helping out your battle buddy who it going through a rough patch from some trauma they have experienced; maybe it was caused from something that happened downrange. It is about getting a call in the middle of the night from one of your Soldiers and you rush out the door without even a second thought. It is about receiving a call from the Red Cross and then bringing in a 20 year old kid to tell him his father just past away...and doing all that you can to make sure that he and his family is taken care of. It is a bond that forms between you and the people with whom you serve with. That is right...serve with.
Most out there will never be able to grasp any of that. That is not their fault. I do not think any less of them. I only hope that at the end of the day, they do not think any less of my Soldiers or of me because we did not sit down and try to explain it to them, knowing that the only way to truly understand it is to put on the uniform and serve.