Chris Pratt Gives U.S. Army a Christmas Shout-Out– And Reminds Fans There’s A Lot More People to Thank Besides Santa

Chris Pratt is definitely not the average Hollywood actor. The Minnesota native hunts, fishes, and dreams about living somewhere other than L.A.

But Pratt is also extremely supportive of the troops, especially around the holidays. And this Christmas was no exception…

On Tuesday, General Mark A. Milley shared this video from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan:

CSA & SMA Holiday Message with First Team

Right now the U.S. Army has over 180,000 Soldiers deployed to 140 countries defending freedoms and liberties for over 300 million Americans. Remember those Soldiers and their Families this Holiday Season and keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Army Strong!

Posted by GEN Mark A. Milley on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It features the First Cavalry Division, as well as some facts about the U.S. Armed Forces that might surprise some people:

“Right now the U.S. Army has over 180,000 Soldiers deployed to 140 countries defending freedoms and liberties for over 300 million Americans. Remember those Soldiers and their Families this Holiday Season and keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Army Strong!”

Clearly, the video hit home with the “Jurassic World” star — enough for him to share it alongside some gratitude of his own:

“180,000 is a lot of good folks away from their homes for the holidays. Send them your thoughts and prayers. Lord get them home to their families safely and soon. Thank you Army for all that you do. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy New Year.

You are loved, missed and thought of daily. God Bless America.”

One of Pratt’s first major movie roles was actually as one of the SEALs from the SEAL Team Six who shot Saddam Hussein in “Zero Dark Thirty” — a role for which he was required to do hours of research and training.

Image Credit: Rich Polk/Getty Images

Although Pratt never actually served in the military himself, it’s clear it didn’t take a tour in the Middle East for him to realize how indebted Americans are to their soldiers.

He makes it a point to spend time with the military when he’s promoting a movie:

And even sneaks in a quick “thank you” whenever he can:

The caption reads, in part:

“Also, this picture may not look like it has anything to do with #veteransday But believe me when I tell you I am living my dreams. There’s no way I’d have my life if not for the men and women who protect our way of life and serve our country. So thank you. #HugAVeteran #happyveteransday”

Pratt’s share of General Mark A. Milley’s video reminded a lot of people exactly who they can thank this holiday season, as the video was viewed over 1,300,000 times.

Independent Journal Review joins him in sending out our best wishes and sincerest gratitude to the troops during the holidays, and every day.

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