More Than an Actor
Here is a great story sent to me about a Hollywood Star and American Hero who is making a difference:
Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio,Texas) the other day. This is where soldiers that have been evac’d from Germany come to be hospitalized in the States, especially burn victims.
They have buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a hotel where soldiers’ families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base but as you can imagine, they are almost completely filled most of the time.
While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his check book out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot.
The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.
Hat Tip to Navy Specialist Sha’ron Evans, YN2(VS22) on the USS Harry S. Truman and to all of those serving in our armed forces. Thank you and be safe!
Update: (Fact Checking the Story) The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that the story is true, but,…
The national news media completely ignored this story. And you know why: Because it involves a celebrity. The network execs heard this and said, “With America facing crucial issues such as skyrocketing health-care costs and the war in Iraq, we can’t justify distracting viewers with a heartwarming story that involves both of those issues AND a celebrity! Sorry!”
Stupid liberals. So that’s why this story was relegated to the obscure world of widespread e-mail dissemination.
But, the check he wrote is “actually in the mail”…
“He came over and spent some time at the Fisher House,” says Fisher House Foundation spokesman Jim Weiskopf. “He and his wife were very impressed with what they saw, and in fact he and his wife have pledged to make a substantial donation to us, but he did not whip out his checkbook and write a check on the spot.” The check’s in the mail, maybe, but not the check that’s in the e-mail.
Now, About the Fisher House:
One good thing about all this is the publicity it’s giving the Ronald McDonald Houses of the U.S. Armed Forces. Thirty-two Fisher Houses offer families a place to stay while veterans are being treated at major hospitals, including the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.
The Fisher House Foundation also helps fly families to visit wounded veterans, and people can contribute frequent-flyer miles to that program.
Update 2: (5:00 PM) Lorie Byrd at the sensational Polipundit has linked to this post.