WWE issued the following press release today:
Wounded Soldiers And Veterans Get Assist From WWE®
June 19, 2008
STAMFORD, Conn., June 19, 2008- Thirty wounded soldiers and veterans will be special VIP guests of World Wrestling Entertainment® at the June 30 “Monday Night RAW®” when the show is broadcast live from the Ford Center in Oklahoma City on USA Network.
The local Oklahoma City chapter of the national organization Soldiers’ Angels contacted hometown celebrity Jim “J.R. ®” Ross, the legendary announcer for RAW and a WWE Hall of Famer, about having the soldiers and veterans attend. J.R. put the wheels in motion with WWE to finalize the arrangements. “The servicemen and women who are guests of WWE are like family to us. I find it an honor to be able to play a small role in helping these brave, war veterans who have been wounded in action see a night of entertainment that they will not soon forget,” said J.R., who added that WWE provides free tickets to all active duty military personnel who provide military ID the day of any WWE events across the U.S. that are not sold out.
In recognition of its continued support of the U.S. military and their families, particularly through its annual holiday Tribute to the Troops tour of war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, WWE recently received the Corporate Patriot Award at the annual GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Other past honors for WWE have been the first ever “Legacy of Hope” award from the USO of Metropolitan Washington, The Army Air Force Exchange Service Award in gratitude for WWE’s efforts to improve the quality of life for troops by supporting service members and their families worldwide, and the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for exceptional public service in support of deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.
About Soldiers’ Angels
Soldiers’ Angels is an all volunteer based organization, incorporated in the state of Nevada. Their mission is to provide aide and comfort to any of the armed forces and their families. The organization has several ongoing projects including the Letter Writing Team, Wounded TLC Team, Holiday for Heroes, Blankets of Hope and Veterans Assistance.