Read this article--in it's entirely, if you please--then reflect on the public union people that are whining about their collective bargaining "privileges" (note that I use that term in the place of collective bargaining "rights") while ostensibly in the service of the taxpayers.
Not to belittle the public servants' contributions to society--in the interest of full disclosure, I personally have been employed in the government at the state and county level at different times for around 20 years, and trust me, I've sacrificed what at times seemed like a considerable amount--but in retrospect it has been a tiny fraction of what others like this fellow have put on the line. I think that a modicum of perspective is in order when observing the hyperventilated rhetoric that has been emanating from the legacy media coverage of the public unions in Wisconsin and Ohio.
There are heroes in all walks of life, but the degree of heroism and selflessness needs to be kept in mind as a measure of true selflessness.
Keep in mind that this guy was doing this on a helluva lot less than these other folks, at generally a far greater risk, and the implications of his actions arguably had a much more dramatic influence on the course of human history.
This is also true for countless others that are currently in harm's way on our behalf, all over the world.
With that in mind, I'd like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all of you true heroes who serve and have served in the military, past and present.