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Chris Pratt’s Touching Tribute to His Brother on Veterans Day: ‘We Appreciate You’

'I always wanted to be exactly like him,' wrote the actor

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Chris Pratt is one of the few Hollywood actors willing to be open about his faith as well as his belief in traditional values.

So it was no surprise when he took to Instagram to post a touching Veterans Day tribute to his older brother, Cully, on Monday.

Pratt encouraged his followers to “look at our veterans for who they are, actual people, with siblings and parents, with children and funny pasts” in order to “approach our relationships to them with compassion and understanding.”

“This is my older brother Cully. #happyveteransday,” Pratt wrote on Instagram.

His post included a photo of his brother in his military uniform.

“I always wanted to be exactly like him,” Pratt wrote.

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“We were the same size despite our three year-difference in age, so as a kid I would wear the same clothes he wore, literally the day after he wore them — picking them up off the floor in his room. What can I say? He knew how to match and I liked the smell. One day his friends started to notice and he kindly urged me to wear my own clothes.”

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“He is a good big brother,” Pratt said. “He’s always led with love. Growing up, we wrestled for hours every day and smashed every bit of furniture in the house but never actually fought. He taught me everything. He put up with me and my incessant hyperactivity and forced his friends to do the same.”

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This is my older brother Cully. #happyveteransday I always wanted to be exactly like him. We were the same size despite our three year difference in age so as a kid I would wear the same clothes he wore, literally the day after he wore them- picking them up off the floor in his room. 🤷🏼‍♂️ What can I say? He knew how to match and I liked the smell. One day his friends started to notice and he kindly urged me to wear my own clothes. He is a good big brother. He’s always led with love. Growing up we wrestled for hours every day and smashed every bit of furniture in the house but never actually fought. He taught me everything. He put up with me and my incessant hyperactivity and forced his friends to do the same. I say all this to point out that he’s a real person. And the more we can look at our veterans for who they are, actual people, with siblings and parents, with children and funny pasts- the more we can approach our relationships to them with compassion and understanding. My brother didn’t join the army because he wanted to be Rambo. He joined because it was an opportunity for a hard nosed kid who couldn’t afford college, somebody who wanted to get the hell out of his small town and probably wanted his own clothes. We have the greatest armed forces the world has ever seen. It’s made up of real people who joined for myriad reasons. Brave men and women who sacrifice a whole hell of a lot. Today is their day. So celebrate a veteran today. Today I celebrate Cully, as well as my cousin Curtis, Uncle Steve, Uncle Skip, second Cousins, Joey, Ryan and Alex, besties Jared and Jeffrey, all those I’ve fished for hunted with, those who’ve blessed me with their challenge coins as I’ve encountered them on press junkets and in my travels, the many in the film industry working both in front of and behind the cameras. To those currently serving and those out thanks for your service. We appreciate you! 🙏♥️🇺🇸

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“I say all this to point out that he’s a real person,” Pratt wrote. “And the more we can look at our veterans for who they are, actual people, with siblings and parents, with children and funny pasts — the more we can approach our relationships to them with compassion and understanding.”

“My brother didn’t join the Army because he wanted to be Rambo,” Pratt joked. “He joined because it was an opportunity for a hard-nosed kid who couldn’t afford college, somebody who wanted to get the hell out of his small town and probably wanted his own clothes.”

“We have the greatest armed forces the world has ever seen,” Pratt stressed. “It’s made up of real people who joined for myriad reasons. Brave men and women who sacrifice a whole hell of a lot. Today is their day. So celebrate a veteran today.”

He also wrote, “Today I celebrate Cully, as well as my cousin Curtis, Uncle Steve, Uncle Skip, second Cousins, Joey, Ryan and Alex, besties Jared and Jeffrey, all those I’ve fished [with], hunted with, those who’ve blessed me with their challenge coins as I’ve encountered them on press junkets and in my travels, the many in the film industry working both in front of and behind the cameras.”

Pratt concluded, “To those currently serving and those out, thanks for your service. We appreciate you!”

We appreciate our veterans, but also you, too, Chris Pratt — for sticking up for them!

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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