All boys want and need a father figure in their lives. When a young boy loses his father during military service, the loss can be crushing. Had his father not volunteered to be one of the 1% of Americans who serve in uniform, he could have grown up with a male role model by his side to set an example of courage and to celebrate his achievements.
When a young males loses his father or never has a father in his life, the results are devastating. Growing up with a father to set an example of what it means to be an adult male is essential in the transition from the dangers of thuggism to responsibile male.