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'Criminal Minds' actor to raise funds for Army museum

Wednesday - 6/6/2012, 6:44am  ET

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) - Actor Joe Mantegna is helping raise money needed to build a national museum for the U.S. Army.

Mantegna has been named the national spokesman for the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army.

Plans are under way to build the museum at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia, just outside the nation's capital. The Army is the only military service without a national museum.

Mantegna, who currently starts in the CBS show "Criminal Minds," has a long history of supporting veterans. He has hosted the annual Memorial Day Concert in Washington for more than a decade.

So far the Army Historical Foundation, a private group, has raised $65 million of the $155 million that will be needed to open the planned 185,000 square-foot facility.


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