For Col. Scott Delbridge, there is not a single moment during his 38 years of service in the Army National Guard that stands out as the most impactful. Instead, it is a collage of moment after moment, hour after hour, sitting with those who are hurting.

"Like raising kids, it's the collective experience that is the most meaningful," Scott said, "being there for people when they're the most scared or having a difficult time or lost—and sitting with them in the midst of that."