Who are American heroes?
Well there are many; from individuals in domestic crises, to civil servants who protect our lives daily; and of course the most memorable are the men and women of the military, many of whom are in harms way 24/7.
Decades ago men were drafted into the military to fight for our freedom. They were courageous under fire and many died in our defense. The women worked in the factories to support the war effort.
Heroes without a doubt; but the modern day hero is a different breed. They are volunteers for the military who are dedicated and well trained with sophisticated weapons. Few expected that volunteers would be so well educated and dedicated to the military that the volunteer military would work. They were wrong!
As an example, a while back I wrote about a few U.S. Marine recruits I met on the beach who were in physical conditioning to meet the challenges of their forthcoming training at Parris Island to earn the title of U.S. Marine! They were incredible young men with a respectful manner and dedication to serve America that made me very proud to have met them.
The sacrifices of today’s military have not been fully recognized or given enough support by our Government. Many have died; but more have been maimed and suffer post traumatic syndrome (PST), a condition of today’s guerrilla warfare.
What saddens me is that today’s military heroes have to fight to get the medical attention they need. Why do we need to have charitable organizations beg for money to pay for the rehabilitation of these wounded warriors? Why can’t our Government offer these men and women all the support they need, mentally and physically?
There is no acceptable answer that would satisfy me or these heroes short of an all-out effort to make their lives more livable for their sacrifices on our behalf.