Although only a few of my relatives have served in the military, their time there has had a huge impact on my life. Yes, both my parents are textbook products of the “Baby Boom” and all it symbolizes, but there’s more. Because both my grandfathers served during WWII, both of my parents became the first members of either of their families to go to college, thanks to the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program. And because they went to college, my sister and I went as well. Now my kids take their future higher education for granted. And did I mention I met my husband in college? All because my grandfathers, a couple of uneducated migrant farm workers, fought for their country over half a century ago. Today I live in San Diego, surrounded by military families, many of them Latino like mine. Their kids are friends with my kids. As I see them playing at the park, at the beach or at school, I am always wondering what huge impact their parents’ service might have on their futures. I also wonder what it’s like to be a Latino military family today.