Jon Stewart's criticism of the Iraq War is no secret. But that doesn't stop him from running a program that helps veterans get into the TV businesses, according to The New York Times.
Stewart ran the program in secret for three years, but it is becoming public as he is preparing to leave the show -- because he wants other people to copy his idea.
“It isn’t charity. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn’t being tapped," Stewart told the Times.
The program is a five-week boot camp that can be extremely useful to veterans, who are competing against twenty-somethings who have had years of low-level jobs and internships while soliders were overseas fighting for them.
Hollywood culture can also be an obstacle for veterans.
“It’s a creative industry, and they tend to see military people as a bunch of rule followers," Karen Kraft, a board member of the Veterans in Film and Television group, said.
The boot camp can be intense, fitting for the nature of show business. But Stewart says it's been a success -- vets are hard workers and "less whiny" than most other hires.
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