Actor Sean Astin sent a letter to his friend and fellow actor D.B. Sweeney expressing his admiration for the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Sweeney shared the letter as part of his "Letter from Hollywood" project which launched March 30.

As mentioned in his letter, Astin served as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from 1995-2005 representing Southern California. Civilian Aides are Special Government Employees who agree to serve as representatives of the Secretary of the Army without salary, wages, or related benefits. Their mission is to promote good relations between the Army and public by providing individual advice to the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and commanders at all levels on public sentiments toward the Army.

There are currently 95 Civilian Aides representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. To date, more than 500 aides have served the Army since they were first formally recognized in 1922.

While no longer serving as a Civilian Aide, Astin's letter represents his continued support to the military.

Sweeny initiated the "Letter from Hollywood" project and is collecting letters from his Hollywood friends to show support and thank the men and women in uniform for their sacrifice and service to the nation.

A new letter of support will be posted every Tuesday on the Army Community Covenant Web site. Feedback is welcome on the Community Covenant Facebook discussion board.