By Sandi Moynihan

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland—Actors Vince Vaughn and Luke Bracey along with director Mel Gibson hosted an advance USO screening of their new WWII-era film “Hacksaw Ridge” for nearly 900 service members here last week.

“It’s humbling in a way [to help these service members kick-off their weekend],” Bracey said. “We run around and make movies and these guys, they do some real stuff.”

The film chronicles the experiences of former Army medic Desmond T. Doss, the only American soldier during World War II to fight on the front lines without a weapon.

“What’s wonderful about this screening with the USO is that the central character was a medic just like many of those in the audience tonight,” Gibson said.

In addition to the screening, the trio visited service members around the installation, held a meet-and-greet and hosted a Q&A session with audience members before the film.

“I’ve always spent my time to do stuff for the troops, so this movie was a lot of fun to be a part of,” said Vaughn, a four-time USO tour veteran.

You can send a message of support and thanks directly to service members via the USO’s Campaign to Connect: Your messages will appear on screens at USO locations around the world.