Traumatized Entertainers

Many civilian groups contribute to supporting military personnel in times of war. One group rarely mentioned in research literature and that faces specific challenges in war zones is entertainers. Since World War II, entertainers, both celebrity and non-celebrity, have been recruited by the armed forces of many nations to boost morale among its personnel on active service around the world. This tradition of entertaining military personnel by bringing a touch of home into often dangerous and threatening environments continues. The entertainers are drawn from singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, cheerleaders, and celebrities of sports, movies, and television. In the United States, the nongovernmental United Service Organization (USO), a private, nonprofit organization, provides more high-profile entertainers for recreational and morale services to military personnel, but these are ...

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