Have you heard about a website called www.songsforsoldiers.us?

It’s a grand idea: to supply every American soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan with an MP3 player. The players are pre-loaded with music, but not Beyonce or the Black Eyed Peas. The songs are all by soldiers and vets, running the gamut from patriotic to sardonic, from hip hop to country to pop.

The program is funneled through the USO, so it’s clean as a whistle as the money gets translated into music. The players are attractive, too, coming in camouflage with the USO logo.

And one of the founders of the program, actor Tom Wiggin (well known to fans of “As the World Turns” as Kirk Anderson, schemer) is devoted to bringing in more actors and celebs to help promote the idea. So far he’s got Ann Curry, “Terminator” star Linda Hamilton, Terrell Owens, and LuAnn deLesseps. More are signing up every day. In the meantime, check out Songs for Soldiers on Facebook, where soldiers are posting notices about new music all the time. What a great idea!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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