Roger Waters Takes Stage Again for Wounded Veterans Fundraiser

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Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 04:00 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has joined the list of celebrities set to perform at Wednesday's "Stand Up for Heroes," which benefits wounded service men and women.

The fundraiser, sponsored by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, includes Bruce Springsteen, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jon Stewart.

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"I feel a great sense of empathy for the people that live on the sharp end of conflicts and the ones that actually get injured," Waters told The Associated Press on Monday. "I get so much more out of it than I put into it."

Waters, 70, is no stranger to war. His lost his father in World War II and his grandfather in World War I.

"I'm not a U.S. citizen, but I pay taxes here, and I wish a far greater percent of my tax dollars went to look after these guys," Waters told the AP.

Waters also performed at last year's "Stand Up for Heroes" concert, when he played "Wish You Were Here" with 14 wounded veterans.

Pink Floyd was founded in 1965 by Waters, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, and David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in 1967. Their albums "The Wall" and "Dark Side of the Moon" are considered two of the greatest rock albums of all time.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was started by the ABC journalist after he suffered serious injuries by an explosive device while covering the war in Iraq in 2006. The foundation raises funds to assist returning veterans and their families readjust to civilian life.

"I never imagined any of this when I woke up out of that coma," Woodruff told the AP. "You wake up in the hospital happy to be alive, but then realize we're not the same anymore."

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