Bravery, Sacrifice and Loss: The Stories Behind U.S. Military Awards for Valor are Highlighted in Stars and Stripes “Heroes”

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Within war stories that span over 150 years, one thing remains a constant: servicemen and women who exemplify extraordinary courage and selfless sacrifice. Even the seemingly simple missions demand it — and the stories of these brave actions are recounted in the 11th annual publication of Stars and Stripes “Heroes.”

Stars and Stripes Heroes 2015

Stars and Stripes Heroes 2015

. . . 'Heroes’ seeks to honor and express gratitude to all those who serve in the country’s uniform, men and women who along with their families routinely make sacrifices and endure hardships for the sake of all Americans.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces come from big cities, farms, small towns, even other countries. Less than one-half of one percent of America’s population serves in today’s military, yet they represent the diversity of race, religion, ethnicity and profession that makes America great. If their numbers are few, their tasks are plentiful and the risks they face are great. The actions of these young military men and women, who ignore their own peril to save others from harm, seem commonplace to them — but to everyone else they are no less than extraordinary.

These remarkable individuals, who have been awarded a medal for valor during their service in wars that span over 150 years, are the subject of “Heroes,” published by Stars and Stripes, the military’s independent source for news and information. Now in its 11th edition, “Heroes” begins distribution of 630,000 copies on June 11th in honor of the many soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have been recognized for valor.

“By telling these stories of extraordinary valor by a few, ‘Heroes’ seeks to honor and express gratitude to all those who serve in the country’s uniform, men and women who along with their families routinely make sacrifices and endure hardships for the sake of all Americans,” said Terry Leonard, Stars and Stripes editorial director.

Publisher Max D. Lederer Jr., said, “‘Heroes’ honors the courage and sacrifice of all who serve, including those whom Stars and Stripes has highlighted. As part of military service all members sacrifice and suffer hardships. The individuals who are honored in this publication have committed extraordinary acts for all of us to be proud of and to pay tribute to. Stars and Stripes has the privilege to tell a few stories of the many who serve with remarkable courage and a degree of self-sacrifice few of us will ever know.

“In partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and support of the Boeing corporation Stars and Stripes ‘Heroes’ relates the experience of a few warfighters, who stand as surrogates for thousands of others whose valor is equally inspiring. It is important that all Americans understand the daily sacrifice of our men and women. By telling the story of the U.S. military, Stars and Stripes helps to ensure these brave men and women will not be forgotten. ‘Heroes’ is a salute to the honor and dedication of our military men and women,” Lederer continued.

“Heroes” was published overseas in the Stars and Stripes newspapers distributed in Europe, Pacific, Middle East and Southwest Asia on June 11. Thanks to support from The Boeing Company, “Heroes” will also be distributed through military base newspapers in the United States and also through Department of Defense schools located stateside and abroad. Delivery to key outlets in the nation’s capital will include Capitol Hill, where House and Senate members will receive a number of hand-delivered copies, as well as throughout the K Street “power corridor” and business community.

Following its publication in print, additional multimedia content and an enhanced version of “Heroes” will be available online at the Stars and Stripes website, Print copies of “Heroes” are also available for purchase in the Stars and Stripes online store.


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