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TROOPER and Jerry Della Salla

Martini and Della Salla

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/10/20 – Christopher Martini’s 2010 film TROOPER takes an intimate approach not always seen in war films.  Murphy O’Shea, an Iraq Veteran, and his father Bill, a Vietnam Veteran, help each other to get through every day and heal the wounds of war on the home front.  Like countless military personnel, Bill is dying from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam during his tour of duty and must fight more battles because of this.


TROOPER has been lauded for its touching depiction of war’s lasting impact upon the minds, bodies, and souls of its veterans.  The film’s raw emotion rings true for anyone who has ever served in the armed forces.

One of TROOPER’S stars, Jerry Della Salla, is a decorated Army combat veteran who served in Iraq for 12 months.  No stranger to war films, Della Salla co-starred opposite Victor Argo and Matt Damon in PERSONAL SERGEANT (2004) and GREEN ZONE (2010).  He was awarded for the latter role with a civic proclamation in his hometown of East Hanover, New Jersey.


Della Salla was once an amateur boxer and earned a gold medal in the rigorous West Point ‘Iron Man’ competition that tests ability in weight lifting, swimming, sprinting, high jumping, long jumping, combat marching, and shooting.  He studied with the late great Stella Adler and is a graduate of the NYU Tisch Drama Program, appearing in many Off-Broadway productions in both leading and supporting roles.

Nowadays Jerry Della Salla can often be seen on stages throughout the Greater Los Angeles area performing with the Blank Theater Company, the Harold Clurman Theater Lab, the Pacific Resident Theater Company, and the Odyssey Theater Ensemble.  His various roles have won him a great deal of critical acclaim.

Della Salla won the award for Best Alumni Film as a co-producer at the 16th Annual 168 Film Festival with WIRELESS, a Mob-based comedy.  The 168 is the leading faith-based film festival in Hollywood showcasing the best of Christian film shorts from around the world.  Della Salla portrayed Mob enforcer Tommy Dragna in this film and was a runner-up nominee for Best Actor.

Jerry Della Salla also has an outstanding reputation for community service.  In 2009 he appeared in a PSA titled “In Your Hands” with Hollywood legends Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman to promote Nelson Mandela Day.  Della Salla’s longtime association with the Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a Christian convert has included outreach work for troubled youth.

Please join 22UNTILNONE for an EXCLUSIVE one night only screening of TROOPER, the film veterans say tells their story more honestly and accurately than ever before. Starring Max Martini “The Unit” “Captain Phillips” “Saving Private Ryan” “13 Hours.” This movie has screened for veterans groups all over the country, at the Gulf War Veterans Reunion, John Jay College Veterans Group, 101st Airborne “Snowbird” Reunion, NYU Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, the Military Writer’s Society of America, Lackland AFB, and Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio. The response from veterans has been off the charts. Many stressed the need for National distribution of this film. 22UNTILNONE: “Ending Veteran Suicide One Step at a Time”.
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.