IMaybe this is a little like cheating, but my hero is my brother, Josh. After entering the army out of high school, he went to Iraq. The things that happened to him over there really tested him in many different ways. He advocated for better treatment of Iraqis, while exploring moral grey areas with fellow soldiers. After getting back, Josh applied for & eventually got conscientious objectors status (discharge from army due to changed personal/religious convictions against war.)
Next up was a bike journey across America telling about the perils of the army (messes with people's heads big time, while spending over 50& of our national budget ineffeciently) & how peace & love are always plausible solutions. His blog contagiousloveexperiment.wordpress.com details his completed trip. He highlighted different charities (bikes not bombs, oxfam, Alex's lemonade stand etc.) And planned his trip around physically visiting them.
Josh has been talking with a peace group of afghanis, our journey to smile (ourjourneytosmile.com/blog) & hopes to go on another cross country trip, with both Afghan & Iraqi natives, showing people a face of the war many have never seen or thought of.
Josh became a vegetarian because after his time served he says he appreciates life & living things more. He also became a pacifist & advocate for change. Josh is my hero for following his convictions & sharing his knowledge while staying humble.