Steven Weber sat down with One Chicago Center to talk about his work on Chicago Med, pulling back the curtain on his personal feelings about the show. As he told the publication, one of the things he appreciates is a willingness to portray the impact of military service on an individual — particularly through Dr. Archer and Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tea). This is particularly resonant due to his real-life connection to military veterans. “I work with an organization called New Directions for Veterans, and they’re really passionate about helping homeless veterans, helping them when they’re sick, helping them financially,” he said.
Weber goes on to say that he has worked closely with New Directions for veterans for several years and that he appreciates him even more for Chicago Med’s efforts to highlight veterans’ issues. In fact, in some instances, the series has even gone so far as to include real-life veterans. One highlighted by the WolfEntertainment Twitter Page, noted that for an episode involving a Veterans Affairs hospital, they hired 15 real life veterans to serve as background actors. Responses were full of people thanking them for their service and even some vets thanking the Chicago Med team for the cameo opportunity.
The minds behind “Chicago Med” show a clear love for active and retired military personnel on and off camera. Steven Weber is clearly not alone in his efforts to show his appreciation to those who have served bravely.