The Great Chris Pratt Comes Up with a Contest to Raise Money for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

 

 

Outspokenly Christian and patriotic actor Chris Pratt is doing something special to support veterans.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star is asking people to donate $10 for a chance to hang out with him in Atlanta on the set of his upcoming film, The Tomorrow War.

All proceeds will go to the Brain Treatment Foundation.

Here’s how Chris describes the organization:

“They serve American combat veterans whose lives have been severely impacted by a Traumatic Brain Injury. The mission is to improve quality of life by providing multi-faceted programs that promote healing for the veteran, ultimately creating a positive impact that reaches beyond each individual to their family and surrounding community.”

He’s set up everything on GoFundMe so people can help provide “support for brain health initiatives relating to treatment, rehabilitation, research and public education.”

“This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” he writes on the charity’s page, as he has “many close family members and friends that have served in the military and have suffered various forms of brain trauma.”

The Virginia native certainly has close family members in the service — he recently honored one in particular — his brother.

Here’s what Pratt had to say on Instagram two weeks ago:

“This is my older brother Cully. #happyveteransday I always wanted to be exactly like him. We were the same size despite our three year difference in age so as a kid I would wear the same clothes he wore, literally the day after he wore them- picking them up off the floor in his room. 🤷🏼‍♂️ What can I say? He knew how to match and I liked the smell. One day his friends started to notice and he kindly urged me to wear my own clothes. He is a good big brother. He’s always led with love. Growing up we wrestled for hours every day and smashed every bit of furniture in the house but never actually fought. He taught me everything. He put up with me and my incessant hyperactivity and forced his friends to do the same. I say all this to point out that he’s a real person. And the more we can look at our veterans for who they are, actual people, with siblings and parents, with children and funny pasts- the more we can approach our relationships to them with compassion and understanding.”

Cully joined for the chance to make something of himself:

“My brother didn’t join the army because he wanted to be Rambo. He joined because it was an opportunity for a hard nosed kid who couldn’t afford college, somebody who wanted to get the hell out of his small town and probably wanted his own clothes.”

Chris makes no bones about supporting those who’ve volunteered to defend our nation:

“We have the greatest armed forces the world has ever seen. It’s made up of real people who joined for myriad reasons. Brave men and women who sacrifice a whole hell of a lot. Today is their day. So celebrate a veteran today. Today I celebrate Cully, as well as my cousin Curtis, Uncle Steve, Uncle Skip, second Cousins, Joey, Ryan and Alex, besties Jared and Jeffrey, all those I’ve fished for hunted with, those who’ve blessed me with their challenge coins as I’ve encountered them on press junkets and in my travels, the many in the film industry working both in front of and behind the cameras. To those currently serving and those out thanks for your service. We appreciate you!”

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This is my older brother Cully. #happyveteransday I always wanted to be exactly like him. We were the same size despite our three year difference in age so as a kid I would wear the same clothes he wore, literally the day after he wore them- picking them up off the floor in his room. 🤷🏼‍♂️ What can I say? He knew how to match and I liked the smell. One day his friends started to notice and he kindly urged me to wear my own clothes. He is a good big brother. He’s always led with love. Growing up we wrestled for hours every day and smashed every bit of furniture in the house but never actually fought. He taught me everything. He put up with me and my incessant hyperactivity and forced his friends to do the same. I say all this to point out that he’s a real person. And the more we can look at our veterans for who they are, actual people, with siblings and parents, with children and funny pasts- the more we can approach our relationships to them with compassion and understanding. My brother didn’t join the army because he wanted to be Rambo. He joined because it was an opportunity for a hard nosed kid who couldn’t afford college, somebody who wanted to get the hell out of his small town and probably wanted his own clothes. We have the greatest armed forces the world has ever seen. It’s made up of real people who joined for myriad reasons. Brave men and women who sacrifice a whole hell of a lot. Today is their day. So celebrate a veteran today. Today I celebrate Cully, as well as my cousin Curtis, Uncle Steve, Uncle Skip, second Cousins, Joey, Ryan and Alex, besties Jared and Jeffrey, all those I’ve fished for hunted with, those who’ve blessed me with their challenge coins as I’ve encountered them on press junkets and in my travels, the many in the film industry working both in front of and behind the cameras. To those currently serving and those out thanks for your service. We appreciate you! 🙏♥️🇺🇸

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In many ways — as I said earlier of Rob Schneider — Hollywood could use more like Chris Pratt. He’s a great actor, and he’s starred in some very entertaining movies; but that doesn’t make him worthy of being a role model. However, his apparent humility and his comfort with expressing his faith, in my view, do. Added to that is his gratitude to those who have sacrificed for our freedom — he reveres the true Guardians of the Galaxy.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here and here.

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