Archive for August 4th, 2009

A Hollywood Good Guy Makes Good


Dennis Miller, the National Spokesperson for USA Cares came through in a big way for one of our Wounded Warriors!

USA Cares

Chris Hill, National Coordinator for Gathering of Eagles, relates the story:

Back in February I had the high honor to meet an Iraq vet who lost a leg while serving with the 1/25 Marines in Al Anbar Province.  Neither he nor the triple amputee who accompanied him to a Fischer House Benefit as the guests of Second Brigade and Viet Nam Vets MC exhibited anything other than the warrior spirit.  In fact, they insisted that the first drink of the evening had to be drunk from their prosthetic legs.  Now that was a sight to see!

Several months later, that same vet approached me for an assist.  He has been fighting with the V.A. over medical bills related to his wounds.  Bills were mounting.  I put him in touch with Al Gambone, an attorney I’ve mentioned on this site to get that problem in check. Unfortunately, he was also behind on his mortgage through no fault of his own.  I tried various avenues to come up with cash to prevent the foreclosure, to no avail.  This morning I was listening to Dennis Miller’s radio show and he mentioned his participation with USA Cares as a spokesman and proponent (  Figuring I had nothing left to lose, I ponied up the $18.00 to join the DMZ, Miller’s premium subscription package, so I could email him personally.

In my email, I explained about our wounded Marine and the trials he has been forced to withstand since returning home.  I explained how we had found an attorney, but had to prevent this Hero from losing his home.  I simply asked him to put me into contact with someone from USA Cares and let me plead the case.  If this fails I said, “We’ll have to start selling blood,” because there’s no way I’m letting one of my heroes lose his home, especially with a new baby on the way.

Anyway, within an hour, the retired Sgt Major who started USA Cares called me personally.  He took down our Marine’s phone number and promised to help.  The Sgt Major also insisted that in the future GoE and USA Cares would collaborate to reach and assist more of our heroes.  Dennis Miller, who was on the air at the time, had read my email, contacted the Sgt Major and my phone rang. While all this was happening, Miller’s show never missed a beat.  In this day and age when we have come to expect Hollywood celebrities to kick us when we’re down, Dennis Miller took up the colors and charged into the fray.

I urge you to recognize both Miller and USA Cares for this wonderful act.  Our Marine’s house was set to go into foreclosure on 12 August. Thanks to two very good men that will not happen.  God bless you both gentlemen and know that our veteran’s community owes you one for the solid you did one of our own.  That debt is payable upon demand, just yell out.  Thanks, you guys.  Manchu.

So there you have it, a Hollywood Hero you can believe in!