There are 21.5 million veterans living in the United States. As of 2011, there are 1.9 million of them in California. Veterans Day is the day we gather and honor those who served our country.
To pay tribute, KPCC and KQED collected stories of the path California's veterans took from our sunny state to the cities, oceans, lands and countries they served in.
Are you a vet? Did someone in your family serve? What do you know of their service?
Tell us their story in this short form, and check our the map below: