Rocky IV’s Drago Honors America

Dolph Lundgren is a class act.

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There was rarely more of an American moment in film as when Rocky Balboa beats a Soviet killer boxer in Rocky IV. Now the actor who played that communist pugilist, Dolph Lundgren- himself a vet of the Swedish Marine Corps, talks about America, its glory and promise.

FNC: “Dolph Lundgren is honored to walk alongside U.S. Army veteran Colin Wayne in the Redline Steel CEO’s initiative to raise money for families who have lost loved ones at war this Memorial Day.

The ‘Rocky IV’ star, 64, told Fox News Digital that he jumped at the opportunity to team up with Wayne in his partnership with the nonprofit USA Cares, after Wayne – who served three tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt – made huge strides in his previous two fundraising outings.”

“I was approached [by Colin Wayne and Redline Steel] to join the give-back and immediately decided to do it. To be able to help veterans and their families is important to me,” Lundgren said on his third annual Operation Memorial Giveback. “They make the greatest sacrifice to help keep us all and the world around us safe.”

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“In many of my films, I’ve played a soldier and over the years I have had a lot of fans and support from the Armed Forces,” he said.

“Between his military background serving in the Swedish Marine Corps, to his passion for helping others, and the immense love for his family, I instantly knew how important it was to partner with Dolph,” Wayne raved of the “Minions: The Rise of Gru” voice actor. “His exemplary character and honorable actions over the years made partnering with him an easy choice.”

Wayne commented on America today. “I think the U.S. still remains superior when it comes to our advancements in technology, the size and strength of our military, education, and standard of living, despite the increasing cost of consumer goods,” he explained. “That said, with inflation continuing to rise and a shaky economy, we’re seeing negative effects when it comes to housing, health care, oil reserves, and American institutions as a whole, which is quickly hurting our way of life.”

“Certainly, from a global perspective, the pandemic has affected the global economy significantly, with the median GDP dropping at a rate we haven’t experienced since the Great Depression. All countries are still having problems with their supply chains, and many of them are likely to get worse,” he said.

“Ultimately, I think we’re at an important crossroads in both our world and U.S. history, and until we’re able to fully grasp and conquer these issues that the pandemic, rising costs, and shortages of essential goods have presented to us, our economy will continue to suffer,” Wayne added.

But Lundgren had the last word.

“Remembering service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for us puts all our usual problems and complaints in perspective.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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