Jake Gyllenhaal Donates $5,000 To War Veterans

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When Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t off filming a project, the 32-year-old can be found helping out those who really matter. The actor stopped by The Headstrong Project for the first ever Words of War event in New York City Wednesday night, donating $5,000 to aid Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. 

The Headstrong program is led by Zach Iscol, a former Marine officer, and helps to lead research in developing programs and curriculums for mental healthcare for veterans. Other famous faces in attendance included Veep’s Anna Chlumsky, The Wire’s Jamie Hector, ER’s Anthony Edwards, and Adam Driver fromGirls.  

“I wanted to be a part of this program simply because I want to provide a service for those who have provided a service to me for my entire life,” Hector told me. “If I was out of town I would probably make my way back just to provide this service just because it is very important.” The event was important to attend for Edwards too, who is currently working on a veteran documentary. “We are shooting in Connecticut and New York right now with two different vets. The experience really is how amazing people are to open up their lives and share their stories.”

During the evening, guests enjoyed presentations from many of the featured speakers. The Jarhead and Brothers actor, being one of them, read the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est,” by Wilfred Owen before donating his money to help training in EMDR, a division that helps to treat posttraumatic stress disorder.

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