The 60-year-old Oscar-winning entertainer will appear Thursday before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces with Dr Bob Meaders, the founder of Operation Helmet, a nonprofit group that supplies helmet upgrade kits.
Cher has always been outspoken, though not especially active in politics.
taken to heart the plight of soldiers abroad.
In recent weeks, she
has donated $131,000 to Operation Helmet
And over Memorial Day weekend she
made a surprise call to C-SPAN's "Washington Journal
" that left TV viewers totally "Moonstruck."
"I'd never done anything like speak before Congress," said Meaders
So Cher said, 'Do you want me to come and hold your hand?' So I said, 'Absolutely.'"
Meaders, 71, is a retired Navy doctor and veteran of the Vietnam War.
grandson is a Marine now serving in Iraq, near the Syrian border.
began collecting money for the helmet upgrades when his
grandson was in basic training.
"We only send helmets to those who request them, and what we send represents a drop in the bucket," Meaders