That's pretty depressing but true.
War veterans and heroes -*could*- be "worshiped" too if they'd just milk their experiences. Y'know .... TALK about the stuff they experienced on the battle fields. Ham it up; dress it up! Guys like Audi Murphy profited substantially from doing that.
Usually, they just don't want to remember the stuff that happened though, or talk about their experiences. And you know, maybe they SHOULD! After all, many Hollywood types have some pretty shitty history too before they finally manage to make the right connections, get their first big break and then exploit that to the hilt to become "famous." They tell about it and laugh about it and treat it as though it's all NECESSARY in order to become "successful." Maybe soldiers should do that as well. If it works, why then it becomes justified, doesn't it?!~
If Americans could hear their veterans talk and laugh about seeing people blown to bits -especially the little kids- the average joe might get a slightly different perception about the value of making war.
Soldiers are out there -NOT- to protect America but because they get paid to be soldiers and because they've been ordered to go out there to kill ... and then they do their damndest to survive once they get into the thick of it. In a way, they're no different than the folks who went down in the Andes mountains on flight 571 in October of 1972. Of 45 passengers, 16 survived for 72 days by eating the dead. They simply did what they HAD to do to survive as long as they possibly could. They too ... preferred to forget about what they went through and preferred that others didn't know about their experiences either.