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When you think of celebrities, you think of glitz, glamor, luxury and larger than life personas, not people who humbly put the needs of others before their own.

On Veterans Day 2014, we're taking a look at why this isn't always the case ...

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The Price is Right host Drew Carey spent six years (1980-1986) in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He still has the haircut!

More famous faces than you might think have served in the United States military, protecting our great nation and never forgetting where they came from.

On this Veterans Day, we pay tribute to 19 of them, past and present, who joined the armed forces before embarking on the career paths we know.

Some saw combat, while others served as journalists or in other capacities.

All felt the call to serve, and what better occasion than this holiday than to thank them for taking up that cause so that our way of life remains sacrosanct.

So check out the gallery above. Some of those who made the list will undoubtedly surprise many fellow Americans, while other famous veterans may not.

Happy Veterans Day to all who have fought and served the U.S.A.!

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Erin Corwin, 19, went missing more than four weeks ago, and since that time, mystery has continued to surround the pregnant Marine wife's disappearance.

Erin Corwin Missing

A spokesperson for the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department says:

"We have a responsibility to conduct a thorough investigation to determine if she's a victim of foul play or if she's voluntarily missing. She has not been located."

Questions surround the nature of her relationship with her husband, Marine Cpl. Jon Corwin, and her neighbor, former Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee.

Erin Coriwn and her husband had been living on base in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

They had been there less than a year when, in an effort to make new friends, they started hanging out with their neighbors Christopher and Nichole Lee.

The friendship ended as quickly as it started, according to People's cover story.

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Chris Crafton of the U.S. Air Force was supposed to be stationed in Cuba, not at his daughter Taylor's high school graduation in Grand Forks, N.D.

Oh, how he had his family fooled this week.

Chris' family was prepared for his absence from Taylor's big day, to the point where they even made a cardboard cutout of him to sit in the crowd in spirit.

Not only did Crafton manage to end his deployment in time for her graduation, though, he declined to tell anyone in his family, not even his wife.

Which made this all the more amazing:

An announcement from the ceremony's MC was the only thing signaling Chris' arrival, just before he jogged onstage and embraced Taylor, saying:

"I told you, don't give up on your dad."

She never did, despite the demands of his job. He's spent 1,782 days deployed, by his count, saying "This is my last deployment so I had to make it happen."

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A funny video of some Swedish Marines dancing to "Greased Lightning" while stationed in Afghanistan is going viral, and we've got the insight as to why:

They're hot Swedes. Gyrating around military vehicles to the John Travolta number from Grease. It's any girl's dream ... and probably Travolta's, for that matter.

Anyway, check it out below!

It's fun to see how military personnel pass their down time out in the middle of nowhere, and that they keep their morale and spirits high with things like this.

The fact that we get to share in it is great, but the mere idea that they decided to choreograph a musical number, obviously practice it and record this?

It's enough to give you newfound respect for the country of Sweden. Not that you needed any, since it's ranked atop like every list of best everything.

Still, respect, you guys!

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Hopefully, with the looming end of America's longstanding military involvement in Afghanistan, clips like this become all the more common as 2014 progresses.

CBS This Morning documented a surprise reunion in North Carolina, where Marine Sgt. Kyle Street came home early after his fourth deployment in six years.

When his wife opened the door, her reaction was priceless ... as was her response when asked about the first thing the couple wanted to do upon being reunited.

Questions that probably don't need to be asked in retrospect, CBS. The second clip below, in the same video, shows a different kind of military relationship.

Derrick Jenkins, 13, was shooting free throws at basketball practice just before his unexpected reunion with his mother, who had been on tour in Kuwait.

His reaction to seeing her creep up on him is amazing. Check it out!

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Cherilyn McGraw, a special education teacher from North Carolina, is mourning the loss of her husband, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw.

Brandon died in a tragic skydiving accident in Australia last weekend, a trip that Cherilyn had won on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in January.

On Saturday, the married couple headed to Euroa Skydive, an Australian skydiving school, and went up in the same airplane to make the jump.

Employee Ian Matthews said that Brandon, who recently returned from Afghanistan, was an experienced skydiver with more than "a few jumps under his belt."

McGraw, Matthews recalled, "watched his wife do a tandem jump before exiting the plane. He floated for three or four minutes with a good canopy."

"A short time before landing, he suddenly began turning his parachute dramatically to the left and right and eventually crashed into the ground."

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Mark Wahlberg went OFF this week on actors comparing themselves to soldiers in an expletive-filled rant that did not name Tom Cruise by name, but ...

Given the controversy over comments in Cruise's lawsuit deposition in which he compares acting to fighting in Afghanistan, the implication is clear.

Speaking at the AFI Festival, Wahlberg lashed out, "For actors to sit there and talk about 'oh I went to SEAL training? I don't give a f--k what you did."

"For somebody to sit there and say 'my job was as difficult as being in the military.' How f--king dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for 2 hours."

"I don't give a s--t if you get your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order your f--king chicken."

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Veteran's Day is this coming Monday, which serves as a fitting backdrop for this amazing time lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran's transformation.

Jim Wolf has battled homelessness and alcoholism, but thanks to Dégagé Ministries, he recently had the opportunity to overcome those formidable obstacles.

Wolf's change in appearance is truly stunning, and is not merely superficial. The charity group's efforts also inspired him to turn his life around for the better.

He's now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and sober for the first time he can remember, an example of how it's never too late for a change.

The three-minute video was produced by Rob Bliss Creative to raise money and awareness for the non-profit dedicated to assisting people like Jim.

Dégagé Ministries "offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals," according to its fundraising page. Clearly, they're doing a good job.

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If you're driving down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles any time soon, keep your eyes peeled for an advertisement which has caused quite a commotion. A billboard of a U.S. soldier embracing a Muslim woman is creating a bit of a stir, and it might be headed for a city near you.

Is this an advertisement for tolerance? Acceptance? It has to be some sort of PSA, right? Wrong.

Snorestop, an anti-snoring sleep aid, commissioned the advertisement to show how it keeps couples together. Couples whose relationships are irreparably harmed by...snoring.

Snorestop spokeswoman Melody Devemark said the company wanted "to show couples that you normally don't see in advertising."

"People feel that we're trying to misuse the image of military servicemen. I think they don't understand that there are couples like this that do exist."

Hey, if Cheerios can do it...

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The U.S. Military Academy at West Point hosted its third same-sex wedding since said marriages became legally recognized by the State of New York in 2011.

Larry Choate III, class of 2009, married class of 2007 cadet Daniel Lenox in a ceremony officiated by Chaplain Cynthia Lindenmeyer and about 20 guests. 

"It's maybe one more barrier that's pushed over a little bit, or maybe one more glass ceiling that's shattered and makes it easier for the next couple," said Choate.

Rainbow Wedding Cake

In 2012, more than a year after same-sex marriage became legal in New York, two female couples were married at the famed West Point campus.

Choate and Lennox's wedding is the first between two men to take place there.

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