ASk yourself the same questionA person can have as many medals as possible but subsequent actions can tarnish their legacy.
Case in point is Hitler. He was awarded the Iron Cross for bravery. Had he not subsequently become such an awful human being and had led Germany in a different direction, he would have been considered a war hero.
A more up-do-date person would be John McAleese, the archetypal SAS hero, world famous, the first man on the balcony, etc., etc. Just before he died the British government ask the Greek government to arrest him for child pornography. So is he a hero or scum?
Finally, some people felt so strongly about McCain that they instituted a 527-Political Action Committee called Vietnam Veterans Agains McCain. I would say that is serious.
Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain - Wikipedia
If you want to beatify someone at least follow the Catholic Church's procedure: wait until the person dies then you'll have their whole life trajectory to judge. Many a real saint started off as an awful human being but ended up transformed and martyred for their faith.
What do you do with someone who achieves hero status but then goes downhill from there?
Your group was formed by the Ted Sampley who claimed the Iraqis carved up a US pilot Lt Robert Wetzel because he was a Jew (according to Sampley)and handed out his body parts for souvenirs (Your hero Sampley told Wetzels family his insane lie) and then Wetzel was released unharmed.
He also claimed the Vietnamese kept another US Pilot Navy Cmdr. Edwin Tucker's rotting corpse on display from 1973-88
same Sampley who wears a 5th Special Forces group insignia on his beret he parades in, yet never served in 5th group, only the 3rd and 6th at Fort Bragg?
same Ted Sampley who organized bounty hunts on a woman whose Brother was MIA to pelt her with rotting fruit and water balloons