I believe that the heart of a hero is different from any other. It must be. A human being risking their life to protect millions of people that they’ve never met – including those who have stolen, lied, and murdered – is something truly remarkable. The amazing thing about Veteran’s Day is that there is a day dedicated to those heros who make the choice to protect others with their own life. While there are many types of heros among us, Vetrans are heros of a special kind.
I do not support war in general. Guns scare me and I hate the thought of anyone losing their life prematurely. But I also know that there are very few people who really just love war. Maybe in video games and maybe the thought of it… but faced in a battle situation, nobody that I know is a huge fan of war. Although I hate the conflict of the world and like to pretend that everyone could just stop fighting and talk it out over a pot of tea and some cookies, that’s not the case. Deep down, I know that’s not the case. Because we have ill-fated spirits walking among us and the influence of the devil in society, there is no escaping war until we escape the bondage of evil… and who knows when that will be. In the meantime, I am so incredibly grateful that we have so many protectors of our nation, and commend them for participating in things that they hate for the sake of those that they love.
The definition of love is doing the highest good for someone else. It’s an action. For someone else. Selflessness is not something that I think anyone is naturally born with. When a baby is born, everything must be done for the baby, and the baby is completely dependent on their provider. We are born selfish. As we grow older, selflessness is an acquired lifestyle, chosen because of the love someone has for someone or something. A hero’s first step is to let go of themselves for the sake of everyone else. Heros are selfless. All heros.
A hero is someone who saves; they are admired for courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities. Whether they were the pilot of a WWII fighter plane or currently serving in the Middle East, the Veterans of the USA fit all of these characteristics of a hero. Their heart is in a place of selflessness for the love of their friends and family plus the love of this country. They aren’t fighting to be destructive or to harm people in other countries, their fighting to protect us from the evil inside and out of our borders. They miss their family. They miss their friends from home. They miss the holidays. They miss their son’s birth, their daughter’s graduation, their grandmother’s funeral. They witness torture and abuse. They witness their friends lose their lives for the sake of the USA. They change while in service.
These soldiers are not the only ones who suffer; their families are left with anxious hearts and worried minds. Will they be taken care of? Will they come home safe? Will they ever meet their son? Sometimes they don’t. But sometimes they do. It’s a beautiful thing to see a soldier’s weary face completely transform into tears of joy when they return home and see their smiling family. It’s quite the opposite to see a family devastated because of the horrendous acts of war, and a loved one was lost. It takes a special kind of person to be a military wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, mom, dad, brother, sister, and friend. These people must have the heart of a hero, and be selfless enough to let them leave. Without their support of our armed forces, we wouldn’t have an armed forces. The people who are strong enough to support those who are in war or coming home from war are heros as well.
Veterans of the USA protect us all. They protect the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the intelligent, the dumb, the blind, the mean, the homosexuals, the prisoners. They protect everyone. Selfless acts of doing something that they don’t like for the sake of people whose actions they may not like is a wonderful thing; we are all still people. We are all still humans. Within this nation that we call America, we have a variety of people – none of which are perfect and none of which deserve to have others die for them. I am so incredibly blessed to live a nation that will protect me from awful things, and each veteran deserves more than I could ever give them, because they have given me life by sacrificing their own.
I know that I could never do it.