Some years ago, near the beginning of the war, there was a female soldier who was taken prisoner in Iraq or Afghanistan, I'm afraid I don't remember which. She was an engineer of some sort, not a combatant necessarily, and was driving herself and some other soldiers back to their base when they were ambushed. If memory serves, the others in her car were killed and she was taken prisoner.
After a few days of torture, her location was verified and a rescue team was dispatched to bring her home. She had a few broken bones and was malnourished, not to mention traumatized.
Her rescue was all over the news. The media praised her as a hero. That made me very, very angry.
I have empathy for what happened to the woman. It was a horrible thing for her to go through but she was not a hero, she was just a techie soldier with little to no combat skills who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Heroes are people who go above and beyond and put themselves in danger for the sake of others. All she did was survive. While that takes admirable strength and willpower, that does not make her a hero, it makes her a survivor.
Even she said she was not a hero and didn't like that people were praising her as such.
I got into a heated argument with my parents (who are conservative republican and watch nothing but Fox News) over this because the media made her into an icon for the war and they bought into it. I told them an idiot soldier can trip and fall on his own knife and stab himself to death and the media would still have made him out to be some sort of hero because of their ridiculous military hero-worship. Oh, was that ever a bad argument.
My opinion still hasn't changed.