Last night Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump skipped the Fox News Republican debate and held his own event to raise money for our veterans. The fundraiser for wounded veterans was held at Drake University, raising over $5 Million dollars. During the event, Trump announced that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter and his wife, Laura, donated $1 million to the fundraiser.
"One of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent," Trump said, of Perlmutter. A rep for Perlmutter said: "The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans."
Following in the footprints of Marvel's CEO, Marvel's upcoming limited series, Venom: Space Knight will take readers through a powerful story that sees Flash Thompson abandon the alien suit, which has afforded him the ability to walk, to receive prosthetic legs. Writer Robbie Thompson consulted with WWP spokesperson and double amputee Dan Nevins to portray an eye-opening look at the everyday struggles and incremental victories that wounded veterans face as depicted through Flash Thompson’s rehabilitation process in the story.
“Working with Wounded Warrior Project has been an invaluable part of the process of writing Venom: Space Knight,” says writer Robbie Thompson. “Dan Nevins' insight was inspiring, generous and deeply moving, allowing us to create a more realistic character and story for the book. I'm forever grateful for their ongoing help and guidance."
For those of you out there who are not familiar with Flash Thompson, he was first introduced in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962), and was the high school star football player, bully and bane of Peter Parker (AKA Spider-Man). After high school, Flash would join the Army and lose both of his legs in the Iraq war. He later became bound to the Venom Symbiote— the same symbiote that bonded with Spider-Man during the first Secret Wars.
It's nice to see Marvel supporting our trips, especially our wounded warriors.
About Wounded Warrior Project:
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.