This is a picture of my father when he was very young. I love and appreciate my father more than anything. The United States Marine Corps is a big part of his life, and it is a big part of mine as well. On my birthday, his birthday, and on Veteran´s Day, I think of all he has done for his daughter and for his country despite his upbringing and the hardships he had to face. My father is just one of many heroes who served this country, but he will always be my hero.