Stand Up for Heroes premiere event in DC descended on the Ronald Reagan Building Thursday night with a star studded line-up of Jon Stewart and Grammy-award winning band Train and over 700 attendees. Also in attendance were CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, White House press secretary Jim Carney, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, and many wounded warriors and their families.
There was reception and a dinner which were hosted by Bob and Lee Woodruff. At the reception SecDef Gates talked about going to visit all the wounded troops. It is the toughest part of his job. During dinner, Admiral Mullen gave a moving speech thanking SecDef Gates for his tremendous support to our military members. He moved SecDef Gates to tears when he described his dedication in taking care of all of our troops and ensuring injured service members received the best care.
Jon Stewart was hilarious as always with his 20 minute set. He described how articulate females are with an example of his children. He would come home from work and his daughter would ask politely how his day at work was and did he tell jokes. She would share she had a joke to tell him too. Meanwhile his son is naked with a cowboy hat trying to stuff his fist into his mouth. Stewart poked fun at ADM Mullen for wearing his dress whites naval uniform and called him “very brave” for eating in his attire. Stewart ended his routine poignantly talking about how visiting the troops gives him much meaning. He is incredulous how troops would thank him for visiting when he would think to himself, “No, thank you! I get so much more coming to visit you all than you will ever know.” Stewart mingled with the crowd at the end of the night. He took special care to greet the troops and pose with pictures with them. When told two injured marines wanted to talk to them, he left the crowd to walk over to them as the marines’ faces lighted up.
Train closed out the night with a stripped down 30 minute show. They played the songs “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Hey Soul Sister.” The crowd loved it.
Stand Up for Heroes is part of the Bob Woodruff Foundation that supports the needs of the military members. The foundation has impacted more than one million service members, veterans, family members, and support personnel. It has invested in 54 organizations. The foundation fills in the gaps for our wounded service members.