Tom Hanks joins call to help military caregivers
WASHINGTON — The public service announcement begins with Tom Hanks introducing himself on a black screen.
He walks over to a man in a wheelchair, who is missing both legs and is flanked by his wife and two daughters. His name is Chaz Allen – Airborne, wounded in combat. Hanks calls him a hero and thanks him for his service.
Then Hanks introduces himself to Allen’s wife, Jessica. She’s a hero too, Hanks says. Because Chaz Allen needs a lot of help, and his wife is also raising their two girls.
“Which makes me want to thank you for your service, Jessica,” Hanks says. “You are a hidden hero.”
There are more than 5.5 million caregivers for the nation’s military wounded or ill, and they often go unrecognized, Hanks said.
With this message, he joined the Elizabeth Dole Foundation on the stage of the Capitol Congressional Auditorium on Tuesday to launch the Hidden Heroes campaign aimed at shining a light nationwide on the challenges military caregivers face and to rally communities, nonprofits and businesses to help those caregivers function and cope.
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