If you grew up in the '90s, chances are you’re familiar with Drew Carey through the popular improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or from his hit sitcom “The Drew Carey Show.” Today, he’s using his influence to honor our nation’s heroes. 

Humble beginnings

Carey served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 to 1986, where he adopted his trademark crew cut and horn-rimmed glasses.

During his service in the Marine Corps, Drew began performing stand-up comedy that eventually led to roles on television.

“While in the Marine Reserves, I was looking for a way to make some more money,” the comedian shared. “It was suggested that I try using my jokes."

Carey was paid about 10 dollars per joke during his first stand-up show. Eventually, he found his way onto the silver screen.

Drew’s primary military occupational specialty code was 2531 field radio operator and he last served with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. He separated at the rank of sergeant.

“The Marines gave me a really strong sense of discipline and a work ethic that kicks in at my job,” he shared in an interview with ESPN. “I think that attitude comes from my Marine days.”

“If there was a fight, I would win it. If there was a problem, I could solve it.”

Confidence counts

After battling depression for much of his adolescence, his decision to enlist provided him with the self-confidence he lacked as a preteen.

“If there was a fight, I would win it. If there was a problem, I could solve it," Carey said in an interview with ABC News. "I could do it because I was a Marine, and Marines can do anything."

Today, when he’s not busy hosting “The Price Is Right,” Drew is finding new ways to thank veterans. On Jan. 20, the actor will host the “Veterans Inaugural Ball: Salute to Heroes” hosted by The American Legion. The event is the longest-running inaugural event for veterans.

“I am proud and honored to be a part of such a momentous event,” he said. “I look forward to paying tribute to my fellow veterans and the Medal of Honor recipients.”