Hearing about celebrities and what they’re up to is a daily occurrence for most of us, and often the gossip is far from flattering. But there are also quite a few stars out there using their money and their influence to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Many celebrities have donated to our troops and veterans in meaningful ways, and even though this is not an exhaustive list by any means, here are some celebrities who like to donate to veterans:
This country music star has been helping out veterans by giving away mortgage-free homes. By teaming up with Operation Homefront and Chase Bank, McGraw has given away more than 100 homes free of charge to military veterans since 2012. The singer says he feels honored to provide good, secure homes to these heroes and their families when they return from duty.
This blockbuster director and producer is best known for his work on Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and the soon-to-be-released Star Wars movie. What you may not know is that this filmmaker is also actively working to produce more films about veterans and their sacrifices. Abrams flies overseas to screen his films for troops and is involved in non-profit efforts to support 9/11 veterans through the organization The Mission Continues.
This award-winning pop singer donates regularly to several charities for our troops and veterans and also loves getting out in the field to perform for them. Perry has performed for the troops at fleet week, on the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, and on multiple USO tours. She also got more than 80 marines involved in her music video “Part of Me,” and has worked tirelessly to secure funds and homes for many homeless veterans.
You’ve probably heard of this actor’s movies, but did you know that he’s also a big supporter of Fisher Houses? Basically these buildings serve as free hotels for families of hospitalized veterans so their loved ones can visit them during treatment. After participating in a Purple Heart presentation at the Brookes Army Medical Center, Washington was inspired to help fund a brand new Fisher House for the hospital.
This Emmy-winning actress and comedian—who’s also is the daughter of a World War II veteran—has been a longtime supporter of service members and veterans alike. She greatly enjoys talking to and performing stand-up shows for soldiers overseas, and when she’s performing at home she offers free backstage passes to vets through the Veteran Ticket Foundation. Griffin has been recognized repeatedly for her commitment to supporting the troops.
Two members of this legendary rock band have family members who were involved in World War II, which is just one of the reasons this band gives so much support to military service members. KISS donates money to local veteran organizations in every community where they open a Rock & Brew restaurant. They also hire veterans to work on every tour they host, and one of their summer tours donated one dollar of every ticket sold to nonprofit military organizations.
This professional tennis player was born in Russia, but she’s actually a huge supporter of the American troops. Aside from donating money, Sharapova also works with Wish for Our Heroes, an organization that is working to grant one wish for every military member on duty. It’s basically the Make a Wish foundation for active military members and their families.
Yet another big name in country music, Keith has participated in a staggering number of USO tours and performed for crowds of soldiers all over the world. At times his shows have taken him to extremely dangerous war zones, and one of his performances was actually interrupted by enemy fire. Despite the risks, Keith continues to share his talent with the troops and has a policy that all U.S. military personnel eat for free at his restaurant chain.
If you’re interested in getting involved in some of these celebrity projects to help support our troops and veterans, check out this webpage. Looktothestars.org has put together a great list of 50 charities that help active service members and veterans, so take a look to see how you can get involved.
Want to read more about celebrities and veterans? Check out our blog post on 20 celebrities who actually are veterans.