“Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser is using his Instagram account to advance a good cause. On Sunday, the actor posted an appeal to his fans on Instagram urging them to help the nonprofit Military Mobility out.
“I have a call to action for you to help out a veteran non-profit @militarymobility, started by Navy SEAL Brian Ribera,” the “Yellowstone” star posted. “They save veteran lives through off-road expeditions and training.”
“Military Mobility is 1 of 5 finalists in Land Rover’s Service Award Program, which is donating a new 2021 Defender truck,” Hauser explained. “Let’s make this happen! Click the link in below and vote once per day until May 3rd!”
‘Yellowstone’ Star Is Supporting a Worthy Cause
Military Mobility is a nonprofit that organizes off-road expeditions and resiliency training for veterans. The underlying goal is to support veterans, teach them that they’re not alone and hopefully, in the process, chip away at the tragically high suicide rate among that group.
Suicides among veterans have been increasing in recent years. The suicide rate jumped nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2017, Military Times reported in 2019.
However, VA officials reconfigured how they measure veterans’ suicides that year, excluding active-duty, National Guardsmen and reservists from the total. That created the illusion that the suicide rate had dropped from 20 suicides per day to 17 suicides per day, when in fact the suicide rate had remained about the same, according to Military Times.
Of course, current servicemembers are also at risk of suicide. In the fourth quarter of 2020, military suicides jumped 25% from the fourth quarter of 2019. That increase was driven by a spike in suicides among reservists, according to Miltary.com.
Hauser’s Grandfather Was a Marine
Hauser told The Havok Journal last year that one of his grandfathers was a Marine who was in Iwo Jima during World War II.
“My grandfather, who was a Marine and in Iwo Jima, came back and built the career he had built. You’ve got to work hard, there is no substitute,” the “Yellowstone” star said. “There is no drug it’s just you, and you have to work your ass off and that’s it!”
And Hauser has supported veterans’ causes before, collaborating with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for Veteran’s Day. Hauser said in a video for the foundation that “every freedom-loving American owes a tremendous debt to our veterans” and “it is only because of their sacrifice and service that we have the privilege to live in the greatest country on this Earth.”
Now Hauser is leveraging his star power to bring attention to another veterans’ group. And judging by the replies to his Instagram post, his fans are already on it.