Susan Sarandon is using press interviews for back-to-back movies SHALL WE
DANCE? and Alfie to promote a new cause aimed at helping soldiers returning
from the war in Iraq.
The Dead Man Walking actress has become a spokeswoman for OPERATION TRUTH,
and is urging fans to visit the organisation's website www.optruth.com.
Sarandon jumped at the chance to help out because she fears returning
heroes are suffering at home.
She says, "They just want people to understand what's really happening
because they don't feel anybody really does.
"They can talk to each other on the website and they want people to
understand what their needs are and what they need when they get back, because
there have been these huge budget cuts."
The actress adds the website will also help those still undecided about
who to vote for in the presidential elections in November (04) make a
She explains, "Forty per cent of the forces over there now are National
guardsmen and reservists and when they come back they're not protected the way
the other guys are, and a lot of them are firefighters and policemen.
"We're not protected. There aren't any National guardsmen throwing
sandbags down in Florida for the hurricanes. It's because 90 per cent of them
are now in Iraq."