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Commander: Military lost a friend in Robin Williams

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Commander: Military lost a friend in Robin Williams
(Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy)

The American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger issued the following statement in reaction to Monday’s passing of comedian Robin Williams:

“The U.S. military and veterans who served in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, lost a true friend and supporter Monday. Like the great Bob Hope, Robin Williams used his special brand of comedy to entertain troops stationed in 13 countries, while traveling on multiple USO tours. By all accounts, he was warm, engaging and accessible to every servicemember who met him. The American Legion does not wish to dwell on how he died, but we want to encourage anyone who is depressed, to seek help immediately.

"Last year, the United States lost one member of its military every 18 hours to suicide. Veterans and their family members who feel that they may harm themselves should call the Veterans Crisis Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, press 1. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Williams’ family and friends.”

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William Tucker 18616552

August 14, 2014 - 7:48pm

I always had the highest admiration for Bob Hope for the support he showed for our military year after year. I wasn't aware of how much Robin had done, but, thanks to what you have told me, I raise my admiration of him to a very high level also.

George Blakemore 203415675

August 14, 2014 - 3:19pm

Robin Williams was a very generous and funny man outside; while he suffered deeply inside. I agree with the comparison to Bob Hope; who I was fortunate to watch his show at Clark AB, PI on his return from Viet Nam around Christmas 1966. I am aware of the problem with clinical depression and suicide of troops and veterans as my brother, buried at the National Cemetery at Ft. Richardson (now JBER). He had the same problem and the emotional weight is heavy on all that knew him.

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