The veteran’s advocacy group Got Your 6, launched a new program on Friday, Jan. 30, aimed at bringing more veterans into film and television, and portraying military servicemen and women in a more accurate and honest light. The program has some unexpected and high-profile backers, chief among them, the first lady, Michelle Obama, who was joined by Bradley Cooper, who starred in “American Sniper” as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
The initiative seeks to create a panel to review and judge upcoming movies and shows. Those that are deemed to accurately portray veterans in television and film will be dubbed “6 Certified.” The program also seeks to more accurately portray the nation’s 1.5 million female veterans.
“We’re not out to tell you if a film is a good film or not, quite honestly,” said Chris Marvin, the managing director of Got Your 6. “We’re out to tell you if in a film that may or may or not be good, there’s a portrayal of a veteran and that’s done responsibly or accurately.”
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An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
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A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
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