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By Charlotte Robinson, July 23, 2020
This week I talked with philanthropist & actor Phillip Keene best known as 'Buzz Watson' the tech savvy member of LAPD's exclusive squad on TNT's hit drama franchise "The Closer" & spin-off "Major Crimes" about his work with Project Wingman USA a COVID-19 charitable initiative mobilizing volunteers from the travel industry to support frontline health care heroes with pop-up lounges in hospitals. First launched with great success in the UK Project Wingman creates an area in hospitals where staff can come in before, during or after shifts to decompress, switch off & be looked after by uniformed aircrew for the duration of their break. Project Wingman crew volunteers provide snacks & refreshments as well as much needed sympathetic support having a shared experience of working in a highly disciplined, regulated & stressful environment. The lounges are located in a secluded, non-patient facing environment & the hospitals provide the volunteers with personal protective equipment such as facemasks & gloves. Keene a licensed pilot & once Pan Am flight attendant jumped on board when approached about the crucial need for Project Wingman programs & volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic to help support the hospital frontline workers including doctors, nurses & staff working to save coronavirus patients. I talked to Phillip about his philanthropic work, LGBTQ representation in Hollywood & his spin on our LGBTQ issues. Keene lives in California with long-time husband of 27 years James Duff creator of TNT's "Major Crimes” & "The Closer" where they are currently developing a new comedy series. LISTEN 
For More Info: projectwingmanusa.com

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