My service may have benefited my country but, in the final analysis, I was the one who benefited most form that experience and service and I'm sure most of us felt the same way.
I have to agree with that. While I was in, I made great friends & had some great times. Yet I bitched & moaned and wanted out. Once out, I looked back, and realized I was having a great time/experience. I would not trade it for anything.