Although celebrities usually make the news for sensationalized reasons, there are many famous people who use their fame to do good for former and current military members. Here are six celebrities who are making a difference in the lives of many military families:
MARK WAHLBERG: As the television spokesperson for the Wounded Warriors Project, Wahlberg became involved in the organization when filming his movie “Lone Survivor”. Since then, the actor has taken a special interest in the group, continuing his efforts to support military members injured in combat.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: The Academy Award-winning musical artist rose to fame after winning American Idol in 2005. Since her rise to stardom, Underwood has used her influence to raise awareness about military family issues. One of her preferred ways to give back is to travel overseas to perform for stationed military members, touring with the USO and other organizations.
JON STEWART: The former Comedy Central talk show host used his program to launch a unique internship program designed to give veterans the opportunity to break into the television business. Although his show is now off the air, Stewart has encouraged other hosts to implement similar programs in an effort to provide veterans with the tools and education needed to break into the industry. Stewart has also visited Afghanistan, spreading his comedy to stationed servicemen.
WAYNE NEWTON: This entertaining stalwart has been rewarded for his time and dedication to the support of military families by being appointed as the Celebrity Chairman of the USO. The resident Las Vegas singer regularly takes his talents on the road to entertain the troops.
KATHY GRIFFIN: As the daughter of a World War II veteran, Griffin has been a dedicated supporter of the troops. The Emmy Award-winning comedian has delighted the military with her shows on USO tours, as well as a host of additional endeavors meant to give back.
BRADLEY COOPER: The actor began his involvement in supporting the troops after portraying the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the movie “American Sniper”. The experience enlightened Cooper to the struggles often faced by returning military personnel as they assimilate back into civilian life. Since that time, Cooper has been a vocal supporter of the issue.