I keep hearing the word “HERO” used a good bit. It’s gotten to where many people (if not most), who look favorably on our military personnel, think that every single military person killed while on active duty is a hero. Excuse me! So signing a contract, raising your hand and pledging allegiance to the country and agreeing to defend the USA against all enemies (foreign and domestic) is what makes a person a hero? I don’t think the person who rides a desk or pushes a pencil who is killed in a tragic accident merits the same title of hero as an individual who is killed on the battle field. And I will push t he envelope even further. I don’t think every single person killed on the battle field is a hero either. There, I’ve said it. I think a person on the battle field who is killed while doing something that others will not do (even refuse to do) is a hero. How can a person hiding behind a tree or a rock or in his Humvee refusing to engage the enemy be a hero? Anyone… anyone at all? Self preservation is one thing but cowardice is an entirely different animal.
So to recap; the title of HERO should be EARNED. Let’s not dilute what our TRUE HEROS have done by summarily giving everyone the title of HERO simply because of their title.
And yes I know there are heros who are not in the military.
Why don’t you take a moment and list a hero that you know. A teacher? A preacher? A stay at home mom? A daddy who’s kids come before golf and going out with the boys? A police officer? A firefighter? The list could go on and on.