That soldiers are humble about their bravery doesn't mean they aren't heroes.
Heroes for doing what? Being 18 and thinking you were immortal? Signing up because the odds of getting killed overseas were lower than the odds of dying from a mix of boredom or crushing poverty in your home town? Staying in because AWOL and desertion pack some REAL serious consequences?
Kids don't join the Army for dreams of glory, they join for three hots and a cot with bennies. They join because the idea of working at the same jobs that their parents work at scares them more than enemy bullets. They join because it looks easier than the other options before them.
I never met a guy who signed his name on the dotted line for any of those horse hockey reasons we hear on FAUX News. We all were dead broke without opportunities so we figured “what the heck, better than workin' at the quicky mart for minimum wage”.
Besides, like Zoe says, heroes get other people killed.
I've served with more then one guy who gave up a job where he made more then a million a year to serve in the army. Its not common by any means, but it still happens. Some people still want to serve in some way. Not every one of us used to be a drugged up hack who just needed a job. Not everyone that signs up makes it through basic training. And whoever says their parents job scares them more then bullet is so dumb they most likely didn't pass the ASVAB.