Commentary

February 29, 2012

Letters from Hollywood show support to military

Cuba Gooding Jr.

His films include “Men of Honor,” “Radio,” “American Gangster,” and “Red Tails.” He won an Oscar for his performance in “Jerry Maguire.”

To my men and women warriors who put their lives on the line every day so that our glorious nation stays free and true, I say simply, thank you! Not just for what you’ve sacrificed for our nation, but also for what you’ve done so that our freedom as Americans is properly represented to the rest of the world. Every day is glorious when I can give my children, Spencer, Mason, and Piper the assurance that their future as free Americans is safe when being fought for by men and women who represent the best sense of what this country stands for. And I am proud to stand as a witness to the dedication, courage, and above all, HONOR, you all bring to us here at home.

My love and respect to you always and in all things,

Cuba Gooding Jr.

 

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

A huge supporter of the troops, Bonnie-Jill Laflin is the first and only female scout in the NBA, working for the Los Angeles Lakers. She’s a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and past ESPN Sports broadcaster. She’s earned five NBA championship rings and one Super Bowl Ring. And she’s been named by both FHM and MAXIM magazines to their annual “Sexiest Women” lists.

To all my Heroes,

I have spent my entire career in the sports and entertainment industries, working with world-renowned athletes and celebrities. To me, however, those who serve our country and sacrifice so much of themselves to ensure we enjoy our freedom are the true heroes. Supporting our troops is a personal mission for me; both my grandfathers, who served in World War II, and my uncle, who served in Vietnam, are decorated veterans (Silver Star and Purple Heart). I’ve been on 17 USO/Goodwill tours and visited our veterans/wounded warriors in hospitals. Each and every time, I felt so honored and humbled to be in the presence of the heroic and courageous character of each and every one of you.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers each and every day, and I love you all.

God bless our troops!

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

 

John Wordin

Former Marine John Wordin’s career as an elite competitive cyclist included participation in three U.S. Olympic Trials and a bronze medal in the 1989 U.S. National Championships. In 2007 John founded the Ride To Recovery program, which aims to help returning troops overcome their injuries and bond with fellow veterans through cycling trips. In 2010, John was given the Spirit of Freedom Award by the American Legion Auxiliary.

To all of our loyal servicemembers serving around the world:

It is a great honor to work with our Nation’s Healing Heroes on a daily basis. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all that you do to provide freedom around the world. It can be easy sometimes to take freedom for granted, but when you see the cost of war, you quickly realize the high price of the effort.

Many of you have sacrificed much to serve our country and we do not take that for granted. Many of you have had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. We know it takes a tremendous toll on you and your family.

Please know that all of us at Ride 2 Recovery are here to support and honor your service. You make our country proud; you make us all proud to be fellow Americans.

Thank You for Your Service,

Regards,

John Wordin

President and Founder of Ride 2 Recovery, Making a Difference in the Lives of Healing Heroes

 

Joe Mantegna

Currently starring on Criminal Minds on CBS, Joe has also been the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons for 18 years.

To our men and women in the military:

I just wanted you to know that within the Hollywood community there are a number of us who make no bones over the fact that we support your efforts 110 percent.

Personally I’ve never been much of a politico, and for that reason I’ve been an independent voter my entire life. Part of that lies in my belief that there are some issues too important to be tainted by any party affiliation or ideology but should be supported strictly based on the fact that it’s the right thing to do.

It’s no wonder there are many films and TV shows that have characters in them who have occupations such as Soldiers, fire and police personnel and those in the medical profession. The public has a fascination with them. I think the reason is because subconsciously the public has an attraction toward heroes. And by heroes I mean individuals who have chosen as their life work to put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

This is what a Soldier’s primary job is: keep the peace; ensure freedom. You are the last people I have to remind that freedom ain’t free. And, too often, you all have to pay that ultimate price. I just wanted you to know you have a multitude of us out there who will do their best to make sure anyone who listens will also understand that.

Thank you for your service. God bless you one and all.

Joe Mantegna




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