A Night of Honoring our Heroes  | Bob Woodruff Foundation

A Night of Honoring our Heroes 

“We need to show our veterans that when they do come home, there’s a country here to help them. It’s important that we remember our veterans and their families,” shared Lee Woodruff at our 17th annual Stand Up for Heroes on November 6 at David Geffen Hall in New York City. In partnership with New York Comedy Festival and our presenting sponsor Bread Financial, that’s exactly what we did.

With veterans rightfully in the place of honor—the front rows—over 5,000 ticket holders settled in for a star-studded evening of comedy, music, laughter, hope and healing.

Jon Stewart, who has performed every year for Stand Up for Heroes, passionately spoke on supporting veterans. Bruce Springsteen, who was originally going to be touring at the same time as Stand Up For Heroes, made a surprise appearance, marking his 17th consecutive year of standing up for heroes.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies’ $10 Million Commitment

Foundation supporter Craig Newmark, of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, announced a commitment of $10 million for our new Fund for Mental Health. This fund will play a pivotal role in providing comprehensive care across our national Got Your 6 Network of veteran serving organizations. The fund will also improve and protect mental health within the veteran and military community. 

The War and Treaty’s Advice for Our Heroes

The War and Treaty husband and wife duo Michael and Tanya Trotter summed up what Stand Up for Heroes is about. “We’re here to celebrate soldiers and warriors, and be reminded that these great people served for us,” said Tanya. 

“I’m here to give back to other wounded warriors, and I’m standing up for my heroes.” Michael an army veteran himself gave this advice: “Get involved with organizations that are veteran friendly. Try to understand what veterans and soldiers go through on the front lines. And remember to take care of the caretakers.” And for those who are struggling, Michael closed with: “Don’t give up. You are needed and so loved. Thank you for your service.”

While they couldn’t attend in person, First Lady Jill Biden and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex shared video messages of support for veterans and services members. 

Images and Video Clips

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