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Charlie Sheen has announced on Monday that he is donating at least $1 million to the United Service Organization (USO), which is a soldier support group for U.S. troops.
The donation is reported to be one of the single largest donations made by an individual to the USO in its history. In a press release Sheen indicated that he would be donating the huge amount in installments, with the first portion, $250,000, to be handed over by the end of the week.
It is believed that the funds will be used for the USO's Operation Enduring Care campaign, which is helping to build two new USO Centers to support ill and injured troops and their families. The two new centers will be at Fort Belvoir, N.J, and Reed/Bethesda Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
In the press release, the troubled former Two and a Half Men star has said that he will donate one percent of the profits from his comeback TV sitcom "Anger Management" to the USO. The pledge means that there is no cap on the amount that can be raised and it will depend on the success of his new show, however, the minimum amount is already guaranteed to be at least $1 million.
Sheen commented in the press statement, "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."
He added, "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."
The troubled star was fired from Two and a Half Men when he went on an extended tirade at the show's bosses. The colorful meltdown publicly suffered by the actor saw millions flock to follow the star on his Twitter account. However, just last week the actor closed the Twitter account with reports suggesting he felt he was no longer getting anything from it.
His comeback show Anger Management broke cable ratings records when it debuted last month when approximately 5.7 million tuned in to the first episode. The last episode however pulled in just 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielson.