All right! A namesake (I don’t know her) steps up to make a statement! I have heard soldiers cringe at this label as well. I see it as a kind of PR stunt – almost cheap – like an attempt at flattery. Whose intentions are more in question when obvious flattery is involved? Those of the flatterer, of course! Here in California, the signs being stuck in people’s lawns with these messages are being provided by the health care corporations themselves. In a sense they say, “Sorry, that’s all you’re going to get out of this. We can’t afford to raise your pay or give you better benefits, so better be happy with a pat on the back.” I’ve stood in the shoes of a relief worker. Sure, they can be considered special people. But what’s on most of their minds is: Am I doing the best job possible for the people I’m serving? In this sense, training, good organization, confident leadership, and proper infrastructure are much more important to these people than a pat on the back.