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Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

It’s difficult to define today’s military veteran. But there is one thing they have in common - they don’t like being painted with the same broad brush.

“Just because I’m a veteran, particularly me because I’m a Marine, a combat Marine, don’t think you know my political affiliation, my beliefs, my values,” said Tedd “Gunny” Weiser, short for Gunnery Sergeant. “There is a label and we want to shed that, we want people to know that we are our own person.”

Courtesy of the Quintero family.

On this upcoming Veteran's Day, we celebrate servicemembers who fought on the battlefield and all those who supported them like Christian Quintero.

The 25-year-old Navy Reservist and University of South Florida student talked with WUSF about his five years on active-duty as a Navy corpsman.

He was only 19 when he began his work assisting on surgeries of the most severely injured like amputees at Bethesda Naval Medical Center - now known as the Walter Reed National Medical Center.