Here on the First Coast, we are proud of our military men and women. I have much respect for all of you.  I have family members who have served.

As a reporter, I've traveled to Iraq and seen firsthand what our brave men and women do to protect our country. 

A few weeks ago, I was invited to go to Parris Island in South Carolina to see what it takes to become a United States Marine. I traveled with a group of teachers from Jacksonville. They went to Parris Island to see what it's like so they could educate their students back at home who may be considering a career in the military.