‘The Daily Show’s’ Jon Stewart has revealed he’s spent the past three years quietly helping war veterans break into television, by developing a ‘five-week industry boot camp’. Stewart's program teaches veterans the skills to help them find work in the TV industry and so far some have even ended up becoming members of  ‘The Daily Show’s' team.

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Stewart has chosen now to finally speak about the program as his time on ‘The Daily Show’ is nearly up and he wants to encourage other shows to create similar programs. “This is ready to franchise. Please steal our idea,” Stewart told the New York Times.

“It isn’t charity,” the host added. “To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn’t being tapped.” Stewart may have been an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, but he has always supported the American troops, visiting hospitals and in 2011 doing a comedy tour of bases in Afghanistan.

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“I knew I had very strong opinions about what we were doing over there, and I wanted to visit the individuals who were part of the effort to gain a perspective on it,” Stewart said. “Most of all, I realized it was unbelievably hot, nothing but sand. I knew we were nation-building there. I didn’t realise we were nation-building on Mars.”

Stewart said the idea for the program came to him in 2013 after he was contacted by the nonprofit mentoring group 'American Corporate Partners' and asked to help find a veteran work in the TV industry.

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The program Stewart subsequently developed gives veterans a ‘crash course’ in the television business, with behind-the-scenes looks at fields including talent booking and editing. “There are well-worn channels into this industry that are closed off to veterans,” Stewart added.

“You get into the television industry generally by going to certain colleges known for having good television programs, getting internships and getting to know people who work in the industry. A lot of veterans never had that opportunity because they were busy at war. This is a way to give them that chance.” The host was also sure to add that that the veterans he had hired had been assets and “way less whiny” than most of his hires.