|geo in MI ||
Posted 10-29-2003 at 07:36:14
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From the posts below, don't know if Jessica is a hero or not, but I imagine she would just rather be left alone for awhile. Similar things have happened to Medal of Honor recipients in the past, and to the guys who happened to get their picture taken raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Check out some of their life stories after the "heroship" and see what happened to them. Many of them carried an extra burden all the rest of their life trying to live up to the adulation that their deed in wartime caused them.
If this were my teenage daughter and it had happened to her, I probably would want to shield her from all the hype and BS so she could just get on with her life--altered though it be from here forward.
It's a sad but true fact of life that there is a world of people out there who thirst for hype and sensationalism; and there is another world of people who are more than happy to quench it by writing books and newspaper stories, or by filling and selling broadcast time about others, whether they know all the facts or not.
Check it out, nearly to the person, anybody who comes back alive from a war will tell you that the true heroes are the ones who ended up dead on the beach.......
|Old Sarge ||
Posted 10-29-2003 at 08:45:08
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The whole thing speaks of Bureaucratic hype. Just to prove to the public and gain support for GW's little war that is escalating in deaths and maiming every day.
Sure she was a prisoner for a few days. I spent 8 months 3 days incarcerated in Bean Camp and then Camp #4 up in Mukden Manchuria. People tell me I'm a "Hero". I tell them "That's Bullsh1t, I am a survivor. We buried the Heros".
Personally I fel she should grab everything she can, while she is still able to do so. Look what has happened just in the last few days in the halls of congress. They rejected the bill to expand medical care and disability compernsation to our National GHuard and Reserve troops. Many of whom are over there.