Combat Vets and First Responders often like to call themselves hero’s, for surviving war/front line trauma, and having PTSD as a result.
This suggests people who have not survived those types of trauma, are not hero’s.
Severe child abuse, prolonged abuse, domestic violence survivors – have all survived horrendous trauma, which is like a war, only at home. It is front line trauma too.
So, in my opinion, they are all equally hero’s as well.
They didn’t choose their situation, or their trauma, they didn’t deserve it.
Yet they don’t get the label of ‘hero’.