If I said the name Danielle Green, I wonder how many would recognize it.
If I said the name Caitlyn Jenner, my guess is more people would have heard of Jenner — unless they haven’t picked up a paper, logged onto the Internet or turned on the television during the past couple of months.
Before writing another line, I’ll preface this by stating I am not revealing my opinion concerning Jenner, formerly known as Olympian Bruce Jenner, and her transition.
With arguments for both sides since Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, I think most have formed their strong opinions on the matter.
To remain unbiased, I don’t think it’s my job to try to persuade someone toward either side of the argument.
Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award last week during the annual ESPY Awards.
Whether I think she deserved the award is another opinion I won’t reveal.
However, I do think the media got it wrong when it came to the amount of time Jenner was allocated for her award, or even her amount of coverage.
Why was Jenner allowed more than 11 minutes for her speech, as opposed to the other recipients?
Green’s speech was about 2 minutes and 21 seconds long. She received the Pat Tillman Award for Service.
In an online Google news search of “Caitlyn Jenner ESPY,” it reveals about 3.59 million results.
A Google news search of Danielle Green shows about 50,400 results.
I would hope Green’s name sounds familiar in a military community,
If not, Military Times has what I think are a couple of poignant articles about her story.
According to the articles, Green was a former Notre Dame University basketball player who became a teacher but enlisted in the Army after the 9/11 terror attacks.
She was an Army specialist with the 571st Military Police Company when she lost her arm during a grenade attack in 2004 while serving in Iraq.
After medically retiring, Green now works as a therapist at the South Bend Veterans Center in Indiana.
When asked if she regretted joining the military after her injury, Green told the Army Times there are no regrets or “self-pity.”
She continued to say she refuses to be a victim and can’t be stuck in the past.
“Ask yourself, ‘What’s my purpose, what’s my passion, what do I want my legacy to be?” Green said in her ESPY speech, according to the Associated Press.
I wish I could have heard more about Green, but “the media,” didn’t provide that option.
Though Green and Jenner received different awards, I think taking away even five minutes from Jenner’s air time and giving it to Green or the other recipients would have been deserved.
After all, if anyone deserves their 15 minutes of fame, I think it should be someone who risked her life while serving in a combat zone.
But again, I question why images of celebrities circulate in social media more than military heroes of any era — but that’s a whole different column.
Rachael Riley covers Harker Heights and Nolanville for the Killeen Daily Herald. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-501-7553.