While much of the talk in Washington right now seems to be about who can make themselves look the best, reality star Bigg Marv is using his time and name recognition to bring attention to the dedication and sacrifice of America's military.
"I'm a military child myself," says the 35 year old star of A&E's HAMMERTIME and the upcoming series KINFOLKS. "My dad was in the Navy and I know what it's like to have your family away, not knowing if they are coming back."
On July 2, 2011 Bigg Marv hosted a concert at Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY that was a tribute to the soldiers and their families. One of the headliners for the event was singing superstar Ne-Yo.
This work on behalf of the troops is nothing new for Bigg Marv, though. "I started volunteering in my late teens early twenties," he says. This would be at the VA Hospital and with charity work that was benefiting the men and women of the Armed Forces.
When there is a debate in Washington that puts the financial stability of the troops and the family at risk, Bigg Marv says most of us don't understand the far-reaching consequences of it. "They are already giving so much," he says. "The least we can do is make sure they are taken care of and protected and not used as political pawns."
Look for Bigg Marv to be active in other events to support the military throughout the rest of the year and into 2012. You can keep up with his activities at www.twitter.com/biggmarv.