The guy truly was a hero - dropping his NFL career and answering a personal calling to serve on September 12, 2001. People like Pat are a rare breed, and in his case, it was almost genetic. Pat used to talk about how the men of his family in previous generations answered the call. For him to do what he did is nothing short of heroic.
I only wish that loyalty was rewarded with the support in Afghanistan Pat needed - but was severely curtailed due to Iraq - maybe not ensuring his safe return home, but stacking the odds a little more in his favor.
The White House can heap the platitudes on Pat all it wants - but back up your praise by doing the right thing, okay?