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Bruce Willis does his part for troops

Bruce Willis

Actor Bruce Willis wanted to serve his country as far back as the Gulf War.

His friends laughed at him, telling him he was too old.

Undaunted, Willis looked into himself – only to find out they were right. He was too old.

So the star of “Die Hard,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Hostage” and dozens of other movies, did the next best thing.

He traveled to Iraq with his band, the Accelerators, to entertain troops with the USO. He is also planning to join returning troops at Fort Lewis in Washington state Nov. 5.

“The idea of serving my country remained in my mind,” Willis says on his blog. “Over the past few years from varying sources – Time Magazine, books, and television – information began coming to my attention on Foster Care; its history and the current crisis of an antiquated system overburdened with 580,000 children who have no voice. Children need to be protected by interstate technology systems that can track placements, education, medical records and protect these children from predators traveling from state to state. I saw Foster Care as a way for me to serve my country in a system by which shining a little bit of light could benefit a great deal by helping kids who were literally wards of the government.”

In 2002, Willis was appointed by President Bush as national spokesman for Children in Foster Care.