In 1967 the Vietnam War was in full swing. The draft was instituted and we were sending our young people to serve. During this time my dad, Tom Bowen, was a high school senior and he had no doubt that he was going to be drafted. Instead of waiting for his country to call on him, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Two weeks after graduation he was off to Paris Island for basIc. A few months later he saw his first combat action. During his service he would be wounded twice . But instead of calling it quits, he opted to go back... two more times. He was a true patriot and hero. He lived with many physical and invisible scars for the rest of his life. He suffered from PTSD and diabetes from agent orange exposure to name only a few. This is my chance to say thank you and give back.