A website intended to showcase great American role models in uniform was launched today by Matt Daniels and Sequoia Capital. GreatAmericans.com is an online video portal, similar to YouTube, that features videos of American soldiers, policemen, firefighters, and others. Matt Daniels, the creator of the site, grew up in Spanish Harlem in New York without many positive role models. "I became convinced that one of the great disasters of our time is the utter absence of good role models in the media culture," he says. "Role models are how we transmit values. Values are not transmitted in the abstract; they are transmitted by example. Society rises or falls by the role models we lift up." Citing public polling critical of the media's infatuation with celebrity culture, Daniels says he is confident that there is an audience hungry to see real heroes like those in the U.S. military. He also plans to help educators use the website to teach American children about duty, service, patriotism, and character. The front page of GreatAmericans showcases a preview of an exclusive, extensive interview with retired general Norman Schwarzkopf. This Veterans Day, take a few minutes to learn about some of America's past and present military heroes.
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