December 11th, 2009
05:46 PM ET

Celebs try to help raise spirits at Ft. Hood

It's been less than six weeks since the massive military complex at Ft. Hood, Texas, was rocked by the horrific shootings on the base.  Immediately after it happened, the USO began working to support and comfort the community.  Today, some celebrities are pitching in, taking part in "Fort Hood Community Strong," billed as a day of "healing, fun and entertainment."

Among the attractions at Hood Stadium: a set by Houston rapper Chamillionaire, an acoustic set from Staind singer Aaron Lewis, a performance by the Zac Brown Band, a meet-and-greet for troops and their families with Nick Jonas, and appearances by actor Gary Sinise and comedian Dana Carvey, among others.

There's been a lot of talk about the Ft. Hood shooter, but not nearly as much about the nearly 350,000 men, women and children directly affected by the assault.  They're dedicated to protecting us; when they need help, let's make sure they get it.


soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Army Major

    Way to go John! My sentiments exactly. People do not understand the military system if they have not served. It is not that simple to release a soldier from deployment, regardless of reason. Major Hasan was the one who failed to do his duty. And even if you want to say the post commander failed (which is a stretch), NOTHING gives anyone the right to do what Major Hasan did.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gwendolyn

    Great of these celebs to do this. Gary Sinese seems to be very involved in giving back and nice to see Dana Carvey again. Kudo's to the rest of the celebs as well. I am a Native Texan and proud American. So hard this kind of thing can happen. Prayers are still being said for everyone at Ft. Hood and extended families.

    December 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    "It would certainly raise the spirits of the Fort Hood survivors for the Fort Hood Base Commander, Lt.Gen. Robert Cone to be immediately replaced and held pending charges of gross neglect and dereliction of duty in his turning a blind eye and deaf ear to Maj. Hasan's complaints, reports and requests to not be assigned to the war zone in Afghanistan."

    – This sort of thinking is exactly what is wrong with the world if you ask me...

    A kid goes postal in school and you blame it on his parents, his teachers, his dog for being the wrong color. Someone gets shot while commiting a crime and it's because he was abused as a child, or even worse, because he's black. Everything is always someone elses' fault... his mom wasn't cuddly enough for him or the general didn't listen to him when he said he didn't want to DO HIS JOB and deploy.

    How about the next time a unit is scheduled to rotate to Afghanistan, the commander releases everyone who starts whining about how they don't want to go? Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that Soldiers have no pride or patriotism, but given the chance, almost every single one will give you a reason they shouldn't be deployed, and most of those reasons are awfully good ones... A wife 6 months pregnant, a mother in the hospital with a terminal illness, everyone who deploys sacrifices something, and if given the chance, almost every single one would opt out. Rare indeed would be the guy who would freely choose his responsibility as a Soldier over his pregnant wife or sick mother (or whatever the case may be).

    Those same rare guys, when they commit a crime, will stand up and say "I did this, and it's nobody's fault but my own". And the sad fact is, ALL of you are just as responsible for your actions as those few, and refuse to admit it. Refuse to claim your errors and instead whine and cry about how it's not your fault because blah blah blah blah blah.

    If being deployed to war was so traumatic an idea for Hasan, then he should have joined the girl scouts instead of the Army, and if he did in fact voice his objections directly to LTG Cone (not likely), and was ignored, then the only mistake LTG Cone made was not prosecuting Hasan himself for being a whiney girl. The US Army is no place for "fair weather fans", You're either all in, or you need to get out. If everyone with a good reason not to deploy decided to go postal, there wouldn't be anyone left, Soldier OR civilian.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debra R

    Gary Sinese, has been giving back to the troops for a long long time...it is nice to see that he is being joined by Dana Carvey, Aaron Lewis, Nick Jonas and the Zac Brown band.... what a great thing of them to be providing our brave troops with aid and comfort.

    Hopefully Major Hasan will be chared with murder, treason and what ever else they can come up with, be tried in a military tribunal and if found guilty, he should be executed. Blaming the military for a terroist attack should be leveled first at the terrorist, then others.

    December 14, 2009 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    It would certainly raise the spirits of the Fort Hood survivors for the Fort Hood Base Commander, Lt.Gen. Robert Cone to be immediately replaced and held pending charges of gross neglect and dereliction of duty in his turning a blind eye and deaf ear to Maj. Hasan's complaints, reports and requests to not be assigned to the war zone in Afghanistan.

    December 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris Johnson

    How awesome is that. Stars actually doing something supportive for those who protect thier rights to make millions of dollars! My hat of to you......Chris Johnson

    December 12, 2009 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. TV viewer from the Midwest

    awww, that's a nice story! it's great to read something positive for a change, instead of all the bad news that we usually get!!

    December 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |

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