Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhaal is one heck of a guy.

The Jarhead star both offered up his Great Gatsby-polished voice and opened up his wallet tonight at the Headstrong Project's Words of War event in New York City. 

Gyllenhaal read the poem "Dulce et Decorum Est," by Wilfred Owen, to the guests gathered to support improving comprehensive mental-health care for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Each of the evening's featured speakers shared a war-themed piece that touched on the hardships a family faces when a loved one enlists, enters combat and then returns home to uncertain circumstances or in poor physical or mental shape.

And it wasn't just Gyllenhaal's literary offering that had us swooning.

After the reading, after the first few minutes of the evening's auction to raise funds for mental-health care went by without a bid, the Oscar-nominated actor broke the ice with a $5,000 donation to go toward training efforts in EMDR, a specific kind of psychotherapy used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder.

A good guy, indeed.

—Reporting by Jennifer Cooper

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