Healing the Hurt in Hurt Locker, Gotham Comedy Club Comic Releases New YouTube Video

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Brain Injury Surviving Comedian Inspires Vets.

"This Jan 26, at Gotham Comedy Club, Hugh Chatfield showed a roomful of America's bravest men his light at the end of the brain injury tunnel." Major Neil Murphy USMC New York

Echoes from the Hurt Locker ring in new YouTube video. Hugh Chatfield's name isn't on Gotham Comedy Club's 23rd Street marquee. But it's a light in a dark tunnel to more than one brain injured Iraq/Afghanistan veteran. Working with the Wounded Warrior Project, UCLA Theater grad Chatfield, 50, has helped some of the 360,000-plus (USA Today) survivors of mortars, IED's and insurgent munitions find smiles and laughter after brain injury.

Recently, Chatfield, who was almost killed by a 1987 Los Angeles brain injury, has released a new YouTube video. He also wrote this short poem that's on his YouTube video, shot at Gotham Comedy Club, on Jan. 26, 2010.

The poem, entitled "Song for the Bravest," reads:

"You want to know what's going down?
Well ask a vet they've been around
They took the bullets, IED's
So you and I could live here free.
And now they're home, they need our care.
We needed them and they were there."

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

Like Tim Robbins, Law & Order's Mariska Hargitay and many others, Chatfield graduated from UCLA's Theater Division (1985). Driving to an audition in 1987 Chatfield crashed his car and sustained a severe brain injury, ending his theater career with disabled speech and mobility. Chatfield still pursues his lifelong love, photography with portraits that include special needs children. His photography link is hughchatfield.com


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