October 12th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
Some of entertainment’s biggest names have teamed up with the White House to film public service announcements that call on Americans to honor members of the military, their families, and veterans.
According to the White House, actor Tom Hanks, director Steven Spielberg, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey each star in a separate PSA, which will air on several major network and cable channels over the coming weeks.
The White House says the PSAs come in response to efforts by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, who have teamed up in the past around efforts relating to military issues. The spots were directed and produced by a joint partnership of several organizations, including the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America West.
“The entertainment community answered the Joining Forces call and has done what they do best – bring to life stories that move us,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “Through this PSA campaign, Americans will learn more about the unique challenges and needs of our military families, see their strength, resilience and service, and find out how they can give back to these extraordinary troops and families who have given us so much.”