Magazine article Variety

Making a Difference on Camera and Beyond

Magazine article Variety

Making a Difference on Camera and Beyond

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Variety will hold its second annual Salute to Service event Nov 12 at Cipriani 25 Broadway to celebrate noteworthy individuals within the industry who champion veteran's causes and facilitate support of military service men and women.

This year's honorees include Montel Williams, a 22-year Navy veteran turned actor, spokesman and Daytime Emmy-winning talk-show host; venerated documentarian Ken Burns, whose latest work, "The Vietnam War," won a special AFI Award and received four primetime Emmy nominations; and ABC news reporter Bob Woodruff, who was wounded in Iraq in 2006 and went on to found the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which funds and advocate on behalf of veteran service organizations.

"I would hope that my recognition sheds light on those who have not been recognized, and we continue to honor those among the least of us rather than those in the spotlight," says Williams. He hosts two military-themed shows, "Military Makeover" and "Military Makeover: Operation Career." The stroke he suffered earlier this year that left him hospitalized for 21 days only further reminded him how important it is to fight for continued care of veterans on and off the battlefield, he says.

"A lot of insurance companies would deem me to be uninsurable, and I am blessed because I have solid insurance and they can't drop me. There are military vets who may be in areas of the country where the VA. isn't that close and they may be denied ancillary care because they can't get to the right hospital. …

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