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It’s normal to aspire to become a hero. Heroes are individuals well regarded by society because of their distinguished characteristics. These are the men and women who have done something that has positively changed a negative situation and were often able to save one or more lives in the process.

Heroes are more than just Marvel creations. They are real people who may not have special powers but have insurmountable amounts of courage to face adversities to protect the nation or its cause.

They are brave enough to face their enemies even if it means dying during the process. They are courageous enough to fight in any situation no matter how bad it is. They are individuals with strong determination to win no matter how impossible it may seem to be. Our real-life heroes are dedicated to their job–to serve, help or save human lives. They endure anything to the point that nothing can stop them from achieving their goals. Those are just some of the characteristics that make a person remarkable and worthy to be called a hero—a hero like Roy Benavidez.

Master Sergeant Raul (Roy) Perez Benavidez is a member of the Studies and Observations Group of the United States Army. He has been regarded as a real life hero by many. Benavidez was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on May 2, 1968. Find out why in this video: