Dakota Meyer, American hero

I hate hearing the word “hero” thrown around with the casual abandon we see today:  he’s a sports hero, he’s an “action” (movie) hero, she’s a heroic teacher.  I don’t mean to denigrate people who are brilliant athletes, entertaining movie stars, or dedicated teachers.  It’s just that “hero” is the wrong word, and it cheapens a word that should be freighted with ideas about taking incredible personal risks to save others.  Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor winner, is a real hero in every sense of the word.  Read his story and be awed.

He’s a young man still, so I wish him a long life that is fulfilling and happy.  He deserves it, and then some.