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        03-16-2012, 02:01 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by IquitosARG10    
    So are you implying that they shouldn't be recognized because of the sacrifices they make? I don't consider myself a hero by any means, but I serve along side them every day. I'm missing my daughters first steps and first words.

    We don't just "merely wear a uniform"...there are a lot of ****ty people that serve in the military, but the fact that they sign their name on the line below stating that they will lay down their life for God, Country, Unit, and family...says a little something about hero to me.
    I, having served my time in the Army, say that no, just serving does not make you a hero, it should mean that you are hero, but I knew way too many people who signed on the dotted line only because of the school benefits they would get later... those people are not heroes to me.

    That is not so much the case right now where so many those in the armed forces know going in that they will see combat time, but back in the '80s when I joined up, I could not believe how many people in uniform threw a hissy fit when they found out that our unit was going over to Bosnia - because they did not sign up to serve, just to get $20,000 in signing bonus.

    So, I do give every member of the armed service the respect that they are there to save our way of life and to keep our freedoms, but I know that not all of them are heros.
         
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        03-16-2012, 02:11 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I think I get a little to "hooah" sometimes, lol. I completely agree with you, Yadlim.

    But I don't agree that just because someone sits behind a desk denounces them from being heroic. Job title doesn't designate hero - heroic acts designate heroism.
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        03-16-2012, 02:16 PM
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    I think that hero has many meanings. I'm more put off by the use of the word veteran then hero. I sometimes wonder why the guy that works in the mail room is considered a veteran of a war when he never left his "simple" post. But then again, that guy in the mail room never went home early and worked every holiday and missed birthday parties and sports events so that he could ensure that whatever shipment was needed went out. Is he a "true" veteran? Not really, but did he do his part to support the effort? Most definitely.

    That person that is sitting behind the desk typing out the orders that send the troops to wherever they need to go, are they a hero? Maybe not in the physical sense, but since they are part of a grander scheme, One that involves an entire organization that is here merely to ensure the safety of my country, or your country - wherever you might be from..... then yeah.... I'm all for the word hero...

    As for citizens... yes, anyone can be a hero. That's true, but many more are victims. :(
         
        03-16-2012, 02:19 PM
      #14
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by IquitosARG10    
    So are you implying that they shouldn't be recognized because of the sacrifices they make? I don't consider myself a hero by any means, but I serve along side them every day. I'm missing my daughters first steps and first words.

    We don't just "merely wear a uniform"...there are a lot of ****ty people that serve in the military, but the fact that they sign their name on the line below stating that they will lay down their life for God, Country, Unit, and family...says a little something about hero to me.
    I am not implying anything...I thought I said it pretty clearly, I am saying that if everyone that wears a uniform is a hero (it is the word I have a problem with, it has/had a meaning), then WHAT is someone that actually performs an "act of courage" beyond signing their name?
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        03-16-2012, 02:27 PM
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    Originally Posted by Missy May    
    I am not implying anything...I thought I said it pretty clearly, I am saying that if everyone that wears a uniform is a hero (it is the word I have a problem with, it has/had a meaning), then WHAT is someone that actually performs an "act of courage" beyond signing their name?
    Well said, Missy May! I am sorry, but the fact that my husband served 20+ years in the USMC does not make him a hero. It makes him a guy who chose a career path and followed it. There are heroes in the military, there are heroes on the police force, there are heroes who are firefighters, there are heroes who are medical first responders -- there are also heroes that do none of those jobs. I think auto-assigning the term based SOLELY on vocational choice and not on merit of the person's actions is cheapening to the idea of "hero"
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        03-16-2012, 02:29 PM
      #16
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Missy May    
    I am not implying anything...I thought I said it pretty clearly, I am saying that if everyone that wears a uniform is a hero (it is the word I have a problem with, it has/had a meaning), then WHAT is someone that actually performs an "act of courage" beyond signing their name?
    I see your point, and I jumped too quickly. I just meet a lot of people who are quick to judge and say that one person's service doesn't count because of their job or where they are called to serve.

    Your argument is different and I agree with what you and Yadlim are saying. I don't serve on the front lines, but I still put in just as much time and dedication into my job. On the counter, not all those who serve in those jobs are deserving of such a title either. I think it's character, integrity, and dedication that help determine a hero too. It's a very sensitive subject.
         
        03-16-2012, 03:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by IquitosARG10    
    I see your point, and I jumped too quickly. I just meet a lot of people who are quick to judge and say that one person's service doesn't count because of their job or where they are called to serve.

    Your argument is different and I agree with what you and Yadlim are saying. I don't serve on the front lines, but I still put in just as much time and dedication into my job. On the counter, not all those who serve in those jobs are deserving of such a title either. I think it's character, integrity, and dedication that help determine a hero too. It's a very sensitive subject.
    I understand the sensitivity to how glorified "specific jobs" in the military, when there are many that are never given due recognition. For example, aviator vs mechanic. Both should be as "glorified", but we know they are not...I mean, there was no "top gun flight mechanic" movie. :)

    And, I admire people that admit they misunderstood something instead of digging in their heals! And, it is a sensitive subject that came about in part, I think, by the misuse of a word. Anyone that signs on to a job w known inherent dangers for an admiral reason (country) should be recognized, and the fallen never forgotten. That's where it gets touchy...people think questioning the use of the word "hero" means - disregard for service.
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        03-16-2012, 03:22 PM
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    Originally Posted by Missy May    
    I understand the sensitivity to how glorified "specific jobs" in the military, when there are many that are never given due recognition. For example, aviator vs mechanic. Both should be as "glorified", but we know they are not...I mean, there was no "top gun flight mechanic" movie. :)
    But there was one in the dukes of hazzard! And mayberry!!!
         

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