Charlie Sheen gives USO 1 percent of sitcom earnings
POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:34pm
UNITED STATES (CNN) — If Charlie Sheen's new sitcom is a hit, America's soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen will benefit because of a donation the actor is making to the USO.
Sheen will give 1 percent of the profits of "Anger Management," with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, to the USO, which provides U.S. military personnel "morale, welfare and recreation-type services at hundreds of locations around the world," the group said Monday.
"It's an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us," Sheen said in a news release. "They put their lives on the line for us every day, and I'm just happy that my work on 'Anger Management' can bring a little bit of relief to the troops and their families."
Sheen created the show, which airs Thursday nights on the FX channel, on the rebound from his dramatic firing last year from the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men." He was paid him a reported $1.2 million an episode for that show.
There will be no cap on how much the donation will add up to, the USO said.
The first installment of $250,000, which Sheen will hand over this week, will fund an entertainment facility for seriously injured military troops in Bethesda, Maryland, the USO said.
"His support is greatly appreciated, especially from our wounded warriors and their families," said John Pray Jr., the retired Air Force brigadier general who is the USO's executive vice president.