Reserve the term ‘hero’ for those truly qualified
I served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962 as an enlistee during the time of draft. I never saw combat, but was stationed in Korea and France in addition to my stateside duty. I don’t consider myself to be a hero, just someone who served his country as a soldier. What I do object to is the media always referring to someone in the military or someone who was in the military as a hero, when in reality the person may simply be a service member or a veteran.
In my day, heroes were recognized as such by the federal government and the branch of the military they served in with a medal, like Audie Murphy. I don’t think if the majority of current military personnel weren’t referred to as heroes anymore they would mind, unless of course they were legally qualified as being one.