— As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, no doubt many Texans know well the sacrifices made in service of our nation. The state had about 164,000 active-duty and reserve military personnel as of 2017, second only to California. And roughly 1.6 million veterans lived in Texas last year, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Texas’s estimated veteran population makes up roughly 8 percent of the state’s adult population, according to Veterans Affairs, including about 628,000 veterans …

— Serving in the military is giving yourself to something greater than your own wants and needs. This selflessness protects and serves us all. And while Julia Castellano-Hoyt of San Antonio may not have served in the Women’s Army Corps since 1961, she never stopped having a heart for serving others. To Julia, military service instills a desire to give back throughout one’s life. “I think when you are of the mind to serve, you don’t stop being of service,” says …