This is NOT intended to be about how veterans feel they have been treated, but about how OTHERS feel about them. For a while now i've perceived what i believe is a shift in attitude towards uniformed service within Britain. Perhaps i'm just an old fuddy-duddy who prefers quiet respectfulness to overt or gushing reverence. BUT It occurred to me particularly that the word hero has in general terms been applied more and more, in a rather slapdash manner, to the detriment of the truly remarkable. Do heroes by definition have to do something above and beyond the call of duty, essentially more than their comrades did, or more than was expected of them all by their country? Have others felt the same squeamishness i have when reading what i think of as contrived over-the-top prose usually about some fictional ex serviceman? The type of emailed you-must-read-this emailed links that circulate. I've noticed that a lot of these seem to originate from outside Britain. Is there a difference in the expression of appreciation of veterans and their experiences within commonwealth countries? As comments tend sometimes to get heated on the assumption of peculiar hidden agendas, here's my disclaimer from the offing: This is not an attempt to detract from experiences of veterans, particularly those who experienced combat, merely to ascertain if my observations are baseless or not.