Denzel Washington Brook Medical Center Message - Facebook Rumour

22 Feb 2013 - Article No: 1678. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour

Remember this next time you walk up to the ticket window of your local movie theater with $10 in your hand. The Media (Accidentally?) missed this one!!!! Please read this: The troops oversees would like you to send it to everybody you know. Subject: Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center. Dont know whether you heard about this but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center , in San Antonio , Texas, (BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the United States , especially burn victims. There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers` families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time. While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his check book out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it. The question is - why do: Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise and other Hollywood fluff make front page news with their ridiculous anticsand Denzel Washington`s Patriotism doesn`t even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the Local newspaper in San Antonio . A true American and friend to all in uniform! This needs as wide a distribution as we can create. Please share it!

The following message asserts that Hollywood actor Denzel Washington, along with his family, visited the Brooke Army Medical Center. The message goes on to claim that during his visit Denzel Washington took out his check book and on the spot wrote a check for the full cost of building for housing the families of soldiers in the hospital.

The email is based on truth but is exaggerated. It is true that Washington did visit the Brook Medical Center, back in 2004, shortly before this rumour began to circulate. The facilities mentioned in the message, facilities designed to accommodate the families of soldiers at the medical center, are genuine. Also true is the claim that Washington made a sizable - yet unspecified - contribution in order to create additional facilities.

However the message also makes certain exaggerations. Firstly, whilst Washington did make a sizable and generous donation, it was not enough to build an entire house like the message asserts. David Coker, President of the Fisher House said -

The problem, according to Fisher House President David Coker, is that while Washington did make a "sizeable" donation to the program, the e-mail claim is almost entirely bogus.

"Denzel came to visit with the soldiers and Marines being cared for at Brooke Army Medical Center last December 17th," Coker said. "He visited with them and told them how much he respects their service. He also toured one of the two Fisher Houses at Brooke Army Medical Center."

Washington told Coker at the time he would like to make a commitment to support the work of Fisher House.

"Denzel did not take out a checkbook and write a check on the spot," Coker says. "He seldom carries a check book with him."

Coker said Washington did in fact make a sizeable donation to Fisher House several months after his visit to BAMC. He declined to comment on the size of the donation, but it was not enough to build a new Fisher House.

Also an exaggeration was the assertion that Washington took out his check book on the spot. This was also denied by Coker.

Whilst the donation Denzel Washington made was generous it should not be celebrated or shared using false information.

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