Stephen King To Pay For Troops' Holiday Trip Home

Author Stephen King and his wife are donating money so 150 soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard can come home for the holidays.

King and his wife, Tabitha, who live in Bangor, are paying $13,000 toward the cost of two bus trips so that members of the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Unit can travel from Camp Atterbury in Indiana to Maine for Christmas. The soldiers left Maine last week for training at Camp Atterbury. They are scheduled to depart for Afghanistan in January.

Julie Eugley, one of King's personal assistants, told the Bangor Daily News that the Kings were approached about giving $13,000.

But Stephen King thought the number 13 was a bit unlucky, so the couple pitched in $12,999 instead. Eugley chipped in $1 to make for an even $13,000.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    Our government has money to send them out, but not enough to bring them home because evidently bringing them home is not a priority (unless its in a box). Kudos to King for his generosity.
  • by B Location: Pitt Co. on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    I agree with you, Uncle, Stephen King does not NEED to do this for publicity after writing for nearly 40 years. Who cares why he did it anyway? It's just sad a private citizen has to front money to bring our own troops home...
  • by Uncle Location: Dan on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    Publicity Stunt? Come on... The man is worth over $200 million because of his own hard work. He knows more about writing (exp. character development) than most college professors. If you are in the writing or English field, read his book "On Writing", it may change your view of him.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    God bless this family. At least he shows some campassion for the men and women in uniform. This is something he didnt have to do, but someone has to come in and say it is a publicity stunt. Cant someone do something good in this world without being criticized. If Obama did this he would get a second Nobel Prize.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Stephen King is awesome. Did y'all hear what happened to that van that hit him? He bought it for $1500 and smashed it up with a hammer. Didn't sue the driver into bankruptcy, though he probably could have. He's written some goofy books lately, but Cell was very good. Can't wait for Under the Dome to come out in paperback (and I have enough of a backlog to wait). It's a shame the state couldn't have done this, but it's nice to see others pick up the slack. Like Shaq with that poor girl's funeral. Both good plays by Shaq and King.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    Dont care for Mr. King, and I'm sure it doesnt really hurt his pocket book, and it might even be a publicity stunt, but anytime we can help our troops, it's OK with the Buzz-
  • by Inga Location: Beaufort County on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    Way to look out for your state's folks.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    So our thieving government cant even afford to bring thier own troops home?
  • by Vance on Dec 13, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    Steven King!172? I dont care what number you come up with I can come up with numbers thatw will equal his way of thinking!7x2-1 equalls 13! But buy the way 150 soldiers?1 plus 5 plus zero equals 6! 13 and 6? What luck we have with numbers!Not three sixes but the lucky number 13
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    I Dana Brown would do the same if a University didnt steal my money
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