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Guest Commentary: We don't know how to treat our heroes

'Society should protect its heroes from those who would tear them down. . . We need to protect those who protect us; our heroes need to be protected from those who hide behind newspapers, just as we need to be protected against foreign enemies.' - DAN PHILLIPS

By Daniel Phillips

We Don't Know how to Treat Heroes.

I heard on the radio Thursday, December 15, 2011, that there were stories challenging some of the actions of Sgt.Dakota Meyer.

I am convinced that we just don't know what to do with heroes in our country.
I think that if you do something heroic you are scrutinized much more than if you do bad things.

A society needs to recognize those who do things that help that society (such as protecting it). Society also needs to protect heroes from those who would tear them down.
This case reminds me of others I have seen.

In 2003, Pvt. Jessica Lynch and her convoy were attacked. She lost friends. She was wounded and taken prisoner. She was ultimately given the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Initial reports were that she went down shooting (when actually her gun jammed and she never fired a shot).

Today, she is back home in West Virginia and still has some trouble walking. Some people don't believe that she is a hero because she didn't live up to all of the stories that had been told about it, even though she was very brave and a true hero. These people are wrong: Jessica Lynch is a hero.

In 2009 there was a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood where 13 people died. Initial reports were that Ofc. Kimberly Munley fired the shots that stopped the Major.

Actually, it was her partner, Mark Todd. Ofc. Munley was shot 3 times and still has pain from her injuries. Both have been notified recently that they will be laid off as part of a reorganization.

These heroes don't have jobs 2 years after they were nearly killed on the job protecting the lives of others.

We need to protect those who protect us; our heroes need to be protected from those who hide behind newspapers, just as we need to be protected against foreign enemies.

I think that we need to recognize that heroes should be recognized for putting themselves in harm's way, protecting others, and having the courage to go on with their lives.

The way things are now who would want to do anything heroic. In some instances it even seems to invite scorn and disrespect. - DAN PHILLIPS

This story was posted on 2011-12-16 06:18:52
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