Jon Stewart: Here’s how he’s taking ‘concrete action’ to help veterans

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jon Stewart helps Iraq War veterans find jobs in TV.

Jon Stewart, the American comic who made his name satirizing and criticizing America’s politics and its wars, has developed a program to help ex-military personnel follow their dreams of working in television, he told The New York Times (paywall). The public recently learned about a boot camp where military veterans interested in the TV business have he opportunity to learn more and perhaps get a job in the industry.Jon Stewart may be a fervent critic of the Iraq War—remember Mess-o-potamia?—but he’s willing to put politics aside to help veterans land in show business.For the past three years, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been quietly running five-week-long boot camps aimed at getting interested war veterans into the television industry. The program, developed by Stewart’s The Daily Show over the last three years, allows a group of veterans to see the inner workings of the show during a five-week “boot camp” course, and attend a job fair at the end to help find them employment—some on The Daily Show itself.

Stewart is speaking about the program now because of his upcoming “Daily Show” departure, according to the NYT, but the host has worked on the camp for the last few years. “This is ready to franchise. In his “Mess O’Potamia” segments, for example, Stewart regularly ripped into the administration for its misunderstanding of international and local politics, and the confused reasoning behind its decisions.

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.” The program is described as an “intense five-week immersion program” designed to train veterans who have an interest in entering the competitive entertainment business, as a way to substitute for the years of internships and entry-level industry jobs that most veterans will have missed out on. Stewart’s job-training program is in keeping, however, with the spirit of his direct interactions with soldiers and veterans who fought in those wars—as seen during his morale-boosting USO tour to Afghanistan in 2011. “I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be here to thank you all in person for all that you do,” he told troops then. The National Security Agency (NSA) is working with Lockheed Martin to develop technology that identifies smartphone users by the speed, pressure, and pattern of their touch screen swipes.

Stephen Colbert, former host of the Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report” and future CBS “Late Show” host, has also embarked on efforts to support soldiers. No two smart phone users have “the same strokes,” explains John Mears of Lockheed. “People can forge your handwriting in two dimensions, but they couldn’t forge it in three or four dimensions. Ewing of the Marine Corps also stated that action, like that which Stewart is taking, is what people need to do when it comes to helping veterans. “Oftentimes, the only acknowledgment I get is somebody handing me a handshake and saying, ‘Thank you for your service,’” Ewing said. “And I personally feel, if you are really grateful, go do something for a vet.

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