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A Soldier Who Got Tired Of Reading That Caitlyn Jenner Isn't A Hero Wrote An Amazing Response

"What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life."

Posted on July 17, 2015, at 4:31 p.m. ET

Last month, ESPN announced it would honor Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Jenner accepted the award at Wednesday's ceremony with a moving speech about transgender issues.

Chris Pizzello / AP

But ESPN's decision to honor Jenner was criticized online soon after it was announced, partly due to a viral meme — which BuzzFeed News and others debunked — that said Iraq war veteran and amputee Noah Galloway was the "runner-up" for the prize.

One of the people frequently cited as "more deserving" was Lauren Hill, a college basketball player who died of cancer earlier this year.

The fact that Bruce Jenner getting the award over Lauren Hill shows how truly lost the world is.. #ESPYS

Hill was honored at the ESPYs in a separate tribute.

But many of the people cited were members of the U.S. military.

SPC Pedro Millet should get the @ESPYS Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Not @Caitlyn_Jenner He's a TRUE #HERO @USArmy #Army

Including American Sniper's Chris Kyle.

.@ESPN Espy Awards giving Caitlyn Jenner "Courage Award"While Ignoring True Hero Chris Kyle …

The social media chatter continued after ESPN's announcement up until the ceremony this week.

Says it all! 👊 #CaitlynJenner #BruceJenner #SaysItAll #soldiers #courage #CourageousAndBrave

But a U.S. Army soldier named Joey Vicente decided he had had enough of the negativity.

Vicente is pictured center.

The 23-year-old, who serves as a behavioral health specialist in the Army, wrote on Facebook that Jenner is a hero, and those who don't think so don't get a say on the matter.


"Your definition of what or who a hero can or cannot be is irrelevant," he wrote. "What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life. I'd call that a victory on any scale."

Vicente said he posted to Facebook because he wants people to realize they need to be more respectful on social media.

Joey Vicente / Via Facebook

"Bigotry in any form is unacceptable and I guess I was just fed up with seeing people's offensive remarks about a person they know nothing about," he told BuzzFeed News.

Although Vicente only shared his post with his friends, it began to make waves in his social circle due to his fresh take.

Vicente agreed to share his thoughts with BuzzFeed News, saying, "I posted what I posted because it's what I feel."

He added, "I joined the service and picked my job because I love helping people. I love positivity and I love my country."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.