Supernatural's Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki Receive High Honors on Veteran's Day
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki received a very special honor on Sunday, November 11, 2007. Ackles and Padalecki, stars of the CW's television program, Supernatural, were special guests at Creation Entertainment's "Salute to Supernatural, Smallville and Buffy/Angel" in Schaumburg, IL.
Master Sergeant Kevin Wise, a Special Forces soldier, was in attendance at the convention. Wise joined Ackles and Padalecki on stage to announce that Supernatural Season One and Season Two are the most requested DVDs among armed forces personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wise also reported that Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. and Kripke Entertainment, Inc. are going to send 3,000 copies of the DVDs to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wise next presented Ackles and Padalecki each with a thank you letter from General David H. Petraeus, Commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, stating the following: "Every day in Iraq and Afghanistan our military service members are constantly in harm's way. At any moment they could be severely injured or even killed. They are constantly under pressure and stress. For that short time when they can sit, relax and watch a television show, Supernatural, gives each of them the opportunity to forget about the constant pressure and stress they deal with on a daily basis. Our favorite television shows remind us of family, friends, and home. I would like to thank the entire cast and crew that make Supernatural one of the most popular shows among our military service members. On behalf of every military service member who is deployed in Ir! aq, Afgh anistan and worldwide, I would like to express my gratitude for your continuing support of all of our military service members. Best of luck in your future endeavors."
In addition to the letters, they were also each presented with an honorary Special Forces coin from his unit. Wise explained that five active Special Forces Groups are in existence. Each group has its own unique coin. Wise is a part of the 12-member Special Forces Unit ODA 045 or "Team Texas." To receive a coin, recipients must either become a Green Beret or be given one by a Green Beret. Civilians are rarely given a coin.
Ackles and Padalecki were very touched by the gesture, and presented Wise with a shooting script, signed by the Supernatural cast and crew.