Friday, June 17, 2005

Denzel Washington

There's a story going around by e-mail and on the internet about a visit Denzel Washington made to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. It's one of the Army's large regional medical centers, treating patients of all kinds but also specializing in treatment of burns.

While there, Denzel visited the local Fisher House. This is one of the facilities of Fisher House Foundation, which provides help to military families in times of crisis and financial need. When a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine is wounded or injured and sent to a military hospital, his or her family often must travel long distances at great expense to be near him or her. Fisher House provides military families in need with a temporary place to live very near the hospital at little or no cost. Fisher House receives some support from the U.S. government and other charities, but it relies heavily on contributions from private citizens.

The current "urban legend" on the internet about Denzel's visit to Brooke Army Medical Center says that while visiting the local Fisher House, he whipped out his checkbook and wrote a check for the full cost of a new Fisher House. Not true. He made a contribution later, described by an executive of Fisher House Foundation as "one of the most significant received in our history." You can find the full story at It's worth reading.

If you'd like to support our military personnel and their families in a meaningful way, consider making a contribution to Fisher House. You can do it here.


Blogger Gindy said...

I have been impressed by the effort he has made to support the troops. Frankly, he doesn't get much credit for it (I doubt he really cares about the credit though).

5:15 PM, June 17, 2005  
Blogger Kevin said...

My wife stayed at the Fisher House at Brooks when my Daughter was born prematurely.

I was in Russia and could not make it there in time. I am amazed at the good care they provided to my wife, even with all the stuff going on.

I can think of no worthier cause than to take care of those who take care of us.


10:27 PM, June 17, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Gindy, I respect Denzel Washington regardless of what his politics may be (and I don't know what they are). He seems to understand that being a famous, rich actor doesn't add to his wisdom and doesn't make his opinions any more important than most other opinions. And I also admire him for doing the right thing and not making a big deal about it.

Kevin, Fisher House really is a great cause. We should all try to publicize it.

9:56 AM, June 18, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

"And I also admire him for doing the right thing and not making a big deal about it."

Exactly. He seems to be doing it because he cares.

11:02 AM, June 18, 2005  
Blogger Esther said...

I'm not fond of Denzel, the man. But I'm thrilled he did this. Maybe it will help his damaged Karma. ;)

4:51 PM, June 18, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in New Mexico and have a son who just joined the Air Force as well as a Husband who has been serving our country for more than 18 yrs I am glad to see that not all stars are Liberals and take note on Denzel that it is him and his FAMILY visiting and supporting our troops where are any other stars money going to besides $20M homes and beautiful cars we can't even think of affording, also my father served 22 yrs as well as my grandfather. Where did our pride in America go I Fly my Flag every day and night with Pride and pray for our troops and their families, how does everyone else support?

3:01 PM, June 29, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Anonymous, thanks for your heartfelt comment. There a millions of people in America who feel as you do. Don't expect any reporters to knock on your door for an interview because they don't want to hear what you have to say. But the rest of us hear you, and we share your feelings.

5:07 PM, June 29, 2005  

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