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Everyday Heroes: HOPE FOR HEROISM

November 1, 2011

Michael King and I met in 1971 at the U.S. Army’s Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and then served together in Vietnam. He is a highly decorated combat veteran, with three tours of duty in Vietnam. Now an attorney in Brooklyn, New York, Mike is deeply involved with veterans groups. He recently contacted me about an organization, Hope for Heroism, doing heroic work for veterans in the United States and in Israel.

Hope for Heroism is helping veterans from two countries find the strength to heal from physical and psychic wounds incurred in combat against a common enemy. But despite the wonderful work Hope for Heroes is doing, after watching the videos I have included below, I was left with a feeling of sadness over the realization that there will never be enough resources to afford every injured combat veteran the opportunity to participate in the Hope for Heroes program. And what about those veterans who don’t have physical injuries, who are suffering from psychological wounds that lie in wait like time bombs? How can we all make a difference?

I was reminded of why young men and women volunteer to serve in the military. Some seek a way out of their problems at home; others need a job; still others seek purpose; and some seek glory. But at the foundation level of the reasons for volunteering is always the desire to serve the country. And they don’t ask for much in return. You see, serving your country is reward enough. Especially when your fellow countrymen show appreciation for that service. That was missing during the Vietnam Conflict; it has not been missing during the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars. But, as the wars have gone on and the years have gone by, we Americans have become fatigued, and with that fatigue have developed casual attitudes toward the men and women who serve. I watch soldiers in uniform move through our cities and airports, ignored by civilians as though they are just a part of the background.

But they are not part of the background. They are heroes who are sacrificing much for the rest of us. And many of these men and women are bearing awful burdens: The burden of being away from home; the burden of financial sacrifice; the burden of psychic and physical wounds; the burden of wondering if what they are doing is valued by the rest of us.

So, I wondered how the rest of us can help these heroes, and in the process become Everyday Heroes ourselves. The answer is short and simple: Thank a man or woman in uniform for their service as often as you can. This simple gesture will reaffirm the commitment made by the serviceman or woman, will make you feel wonderful, and will lay a foundation for heroism throughout our country.

And, of course, you can send a contribution to Hope for Heroism.

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Joseph Badal is the author of The Pythagorean Solution, Terror CellThe Nostradamus Secret and Evil Deeds.

Contact Joe:

badalbooks@gmail.com

josephbadalbooks.com

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 2:47 pm

    Thanks for this post, Joe. You do a wonderful service to our military by reminding people of the generous gift we receive every day our military goes to work. Never forget they do it for us. They stand between us and all those who would harm us. Our thanks to them is the very least we can do.

  2. November 1, 2011 8:46 pm

    You are a kind and wonderful friend. Thank you for your feedback and support.

  3. November 4, 2011 5:04 pm

    I think a huge part of the problem is for a few generations now, Americans haven’t been asked to share in the sacrifice, so we forget what is being done on our behalf. I am glad we learned we could be against a conflict and the decision makers and still have great admiration and respect for the soldiers who serve–that was an important lesson. But I feel like the policy that allows the public to be untouched when outside our borders we wage wars makes us disconnected.

    I study pain by day, and not all pain is necessarily associated with a specific injury (though most injuries do in fact have pain)–but the lack of psychiatric help really resonates with my day job. Veterans who aren’t in need of intensive rehabilitation return to their communities that often lack doctors and psychiatric help to deal with PTSD (a risk for exacerbating centralized pain syndromes) and knowledgeable pain management.

    It is such a shame we ask so much, yet provide so little in return.

    • November 6, 2011 8:27 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful and obviously heart-felt response to my blog.

  4. November 4, 2011 6:45 pm

    Thank you for honoring our soldiers. The videos are so touching.
    Just amazing.

    • November 6, 2011 8:28 pm

      Thank you, Joyce, for your feedback. It is much appreciated. If you are so inclined, please forward my blog to your friends.
      Joe

  5. November 5, 2011 1:59 pm

    I’m not American (I’m Belgian and I live in Italy) but I wanted to say I’ve been very moved by your post. Over here in Europe we really appreciate the sacrifices of the American soldiers…ever since World War II.

    Good work, Joseph, keep it up!

  6. November 7, 2011 2:16 pm

    Joe, this was a wonderful post, thank you. I agree that as a society we have gotten disconnected from what our military does for us as a nation. Whether we agree with the reasons they are fighting in this or that conflict, they are still putting their lives on the line. I live in Santa Barbara and there was a group here who put a small white cross in the sand every Sunday for every fallen soldier in the Iraq war. Sadly, the list grew and grew until it became too much for the group to do every week. I hope that someday we can get past things like this and all get along, or at least accept each other’s differences and live with them. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on this.

    • November 23, 2011 8:25 pm

      Thank you, Steve. I will be posting a blog about Everyday Heroes on a monthly basis. If you want to recveive these posts as soon as they are released, please click the follow button below.
      Joe

  7. November 11, 2011 10:20 pm

    Thank you for this post and for the videos that you shared. It means alot to me that you liked my post because of this I was able to find your post Everday Heroes: Hope For Heroism and I will be able to share this post with my brother who served in the Army. Thank you so much.

  8. November 13, 2011 9:36 pm

    Great response. I appreciate your words and the patriotic feelings behind them.

  9. November 20, 2011 12:26 pm

    A great cause for the price of freedom which never comes cheap…Bravo.

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