Veterans, comedians ‘Stand Up for Heroes’ at annual comedy event

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NEW YORK — It's the annual kick off event to New York Comedy Week.

Now in its 9th year, Stand Up for Heroes Event at Madison Square Garden featured comedic performances by Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Ray Romano and music by Bruce Springsteen.

Their audience featured service members like Aaron Mankin.
"On an evening like this, we get to just come kick up our feet and laugh," he says.

The event hits home for John Oliver. His wife is an Iraq war veteran and he says telling jokes for veterans is the most rewarding part of his career.

After he was injured by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq in 2006, Bob Woodruff created his foundation and organized the show, raising funds that not only help wounded veterans, but also provides resources.

In nine years the organization and "Stand Up for Heroes" have raised more than $27-million.