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VFW Magazine September 2017 : Page 19

VFW: What do you believe is the most pressing concern for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans? Riggle: Connection and a sense of pur-pose. Too many of our veterans end up iso-lated and without purpose. This leads to bad things like drugs, alcohol and suicide. We need to stick together. Stay connected to your military friends and find your next mission in life. Connection and purpose. a proud member of the VFW. I wish he was still alive so he could have seen this. I think he would have been proud. ment’s/DoD’s favorite word is “No.” If it was easier, I might pursue an MBA. VFW: Who are some of your friends VFW: How do you plan to use your Post in Hollywood who also served in the military? 9/11 GI Bill benefit? Riggle: Honestly, it’s too confusing. I don’t know if I qualify, nor do I wish to spend several months trying to track down the necessary paperwork in order to “maybe” get the benefits. It feels like the govern-Riggle: Harvey Keitel is an outstanding actor and was an outstanding Marine. He’s always been very gracious toward J me with his time and advice. EMAIL VFW: Why did you select the Semper Fi Fund to be the recipient of proceeds from your charity golf tournament, The InVETational? Riggle: I had the privilege of getting to meet and work with the volunteers of the Semper Fi Fund, and I saw first-hand their passion and their willingness to serve those who have served us. They do amazing work. Over 90 percent of the money raised goes directly to those who need it. They have the highest marks possible by several charity watchdog groups. It’s an honor to contribute to the Semper Fi Fund. VFW: What did it mean to you to receive VFW’s Hall of Fame award at the orga-nization’s 2016 national convention in Charlotte, N.C.? Riggle: It meant a lot to me. My grand-father was a World War II veteran and Riggle “searches” in the cattails for a lost golf ball at Oakwood Country Club in Kansas City, Mo. The Combat Action Ribbon recipient is an avid golfer who has used his military and Hollywood connections to establish a golf tournament dedicated to helping fellow veterans. SEPTEMBER 2017   • WWW.VFW.ORG • 19

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