My thanks to those who’ve served!
Both of my grandfathers served. My maternal grandfather was in the Army for a little while towards the end of World War II. I believe that my paternal grandfather joined the Marines late in WWII as well, but he saw action several years later in the Korean War. He was a fighter pilot.
Writing a war story has gotten me thinking about the “after the war” part of the story as well. What do soldiers do once the war is over? Do they suffer from temporary or permanent injury? How does that affect their lives moving forward? Do they even wish to stop being a soldier? If so, what work would they rather pursue? All (to me, at least) very interesting questions, with very different answers depending on the character!