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Veterans' fundraiser draws Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart

Bob and Lee Woodruff attend the 15th annual

Bob and Lee Woodruff attend the 15th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan on Nov. 8, 2021. Credit: Invision / AP / Charles Sykes

Long before Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York, Bob and Lee Woodruff joked about how they get The Boss to perform so frequently.

"Sometimes, I have done things I’m not proud of," joked Lee Woodruff.

"Wait a minute, what is that?" Bob asked while laughing.

"I’ll tell you later," Lee shot back.

During the 15 years that the event has taken place, Springsteen has only missed it once, in 2017 when he was performing his Broadway show.

"We don’t have to ask him. He comes to us," Bob Woodruff said about the event that raises money to help injured veterans and their families. This year's event at Lincoln Center raised $4.6 million.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was started by the 60-year-old ABC journalist after he was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device while covering the war in Iraq in 2006.

Monday’s show also included Jon Stewart, Brandi Carlisle, Grace Gaustad and the group Sing Harlem. Comedians Jim Gaffigan, Nate Bargatze and Donnell Rawlings also performed. The organization raised money from tickets and an auction and is part of the New York Comedy Festival.

Gov. Kathy Hochul also attended and said she was committed to ensuring that returning military not fall through the cracks of society.

"They may not realize that they have PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. They may not realize that they have emotional and psychological wounds that they’re almost embarrassed to talk about. We have to make sure we remove the stigma and make services like telehealth ... available," Hochul said.

This year's event at Lincoln Center raised $4.6 million.

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