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‘Stranger Things’ actress Jennifer Marshall has a special message to share with Ukrainian citizens, including refugees seeking safety and those left behind, determined to fight.
Marshall, a fifth-generation military veteran, told Fox News Digital in an interview this week that, like most, she followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “with shock, disbelief, anger and immense sadness. “.
“Innocent men, women and children are being killed. Their homeland is taken away from them,” Marshall said. “They are in incredible pain and feeling a sense of despair which I’m sure is overwhelming. I find it hard to send a message because this is a time when words just aren’t enough.
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“If I had to say anything to Ukrainians, it would be that the world is watching. The world is with you. Stay strong and keep fighting for your country and for your families.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyyin an address to Congress on Wednesday, pleaded with the United States to “do more” by establishing a no-fly zone, providing additional aircraft and air defense systems and creating a new security alliance.
The President of Ukraine has been hailed as a hero for his bravery in the fight against Russia. He has also been praised for his ability to connect with leaders around the world. Marshall agreed with those who praised the former actor, sharing that she thinks he’s “leading by example.”
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US Navy experience
“And the importance of that cannot be underestimated,” Marshall said. “His actions clearly inspire many Ukrainians to fight as well, even if they have no military or combat experience.”
Marshall, who “Stranger Things” fans will recognize as playing Max’s mother in the popular sci-fi series, has previous military experience herself. Before becoming a familiar face on camera, she enlisted in the US Navy at 17 and left for boot camp six weeks after graduating from high school.
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“My rank was E-5, or Second Class Petty Officer. During my five years of service, I worked on the tarmac, in aviation logistics, I was part of the ship’s security defense team and locker fire repair team (firefighting and damage control). Definitely a variety of jobs and experiences, which I am grateful for,” she said.
Marshall said she knew “ever since I was a little girl” that she wanted to serve her country.
“I come from a long line of patriots who have served this great nation – a fifth generation veteran. Living in a small town at a red light in Colorado made me even more adamant about joining. I wanted to serve my country, improve myself and travel.The military provided opportunities for all three of them.
“The terror is palpable”
Although she served in the military, Marshall stressed that the war overseas was unlike anything she had experienced firsthand.
“We have never seen foreign forces advancing on our land, bombing our neighborhoods, forcing our family members to flee and become refugees. The terror is palpable for Ukrainians. Stay the course because you are doing the right thing “, she said in a message. to the Ukrainians who stayed to fight.
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“As for Ukrainians who have fled or who are not fighting in the conflict, if you have the technology available, use it. Photos, recordings, videos. Social networks are often a thorn in our society, filled with drama and negativity But during times like this, hard-hitting images can spread like wildfire and advance the cause by inspiring those in power to act,” she shared.
The star applauded all the heroes of Ukraine.
“Some of the most inspiring photos to come out during the invasion were of ordinary men and women taking up arms to defend their families and their nation,” Marshall said. “I commend them for their heart and courage. My advice to these heroic Ukrainians is not to underestimate yourselves. You are stronger and braver than you ever thought possible. The world is supporting you and the world is supporting you. congratulate.”
Marshall, who also stars in The CW’s “Mysteries Decoded,” draws inspiration from other stars who have used their public platforms to show support and raise donations for Ukrainians. Specifically, she highlighted the efforts of Mila Kunis, originally from Ukraine. As of March 11, Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher have raised over $20 million. Marshall called the milestone “incredible.”
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“Other celebrities with ties to Ukraine have done an incredible job of using their notoriety to raise awareness of what’s going on. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have matched $1 million in donations for the United Nations Agency United for Refugees There is a movement afoot, and I urge those with the money and power to use their fame and their millions for something truly meaningful.”
Ambassador and Mentor
In addition to serving in the military, Marshall is still active in veterans aid organizations. She is an ambassador for the award-winning nonprofit Pin-Ups for Vets, which funds various veteran and troop initiatives. She also mentors and visits injured or ill veterans in hospitals and nursing homes.
“Volunteering gives me the sense of camaraderie and service that I missed when I left the military,” Marshall said. “When COVID hit and we weren’t able to do our tours, it hurt a lot. Pin-Ups for Vets provides an opportunity to engage with an often overlooked part of our veteran community, and I loved it spending time with the vets we met through our regular visits.”
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Regarding what can still be done as the conflict continues to escalate overseas, the veteran urged Americans to continue to use the power of social media to shed light on what is happening in Ukraine . She also implored the public to reach out to congressional representatives to voice their concerns.
“It’s important to note that Putin’s invasion is not supported by many Russians, including those in the United States,” she said, adding that when U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, D-California , advocated for the expulsion of Russian students from the United States. , “rhetoric like this is harmful and divisive and does nothing to help solve the problem overseas.”
Ultimately, his hope is that the invasion of Russia will end immediately.
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“I want the invasion to end, and end now. Too many innocent people have been killed and injured. A maternity hospital bombed, over a dozen children killed, innocent civilians massacred. on a kindergarten. Putin is a war criminal, and I support measures to hold him accountable for the crimes he has committed. This is not a Ukrainian-Russian “conflict”, it is a violent invasion of a sovereign country.