On the base: Carroll’s tour meets the military

Carroll talks to a battalion of wounded warriors upon arriving at Fort Lewis on Tuesday afternoon.

FORT LEWIS — Coach Pete Carroll’s tornado-like “Win Forever” book tour took a significant turn toward philanthropy on Tuesday.

Not that it was lacking benevolence — Carroll’s proceeds from the book sales are going directly to his A Better LA charity — but the coast-to-coast tour headed to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord about an hour south of Seattle on Tuesday afternoon, when the Seahawks head coach met with wounded warriors for an hour and hosted a two-hour book signing for American troops and their families.

More than 400 people, some of whom got in line five hours before the event began, shuffled through as Carroll signed copies of his new “Win Forever” book, took pictures and chatted individually with each person. Also, before the event, he walked through the line to shake hands with everyone, offering a perfect snapshot of his stop at the West Coast’s largest military base.

While signing stacks of books in a back office following the main event, Carroll exclaimed, “A rhesus monkey could do what I’m doing here.”

But a primate couldn’t compassionately connect with people like Carroll did Tuesday at Lewis-McChord — or at any of the other eight book signings during the tour that has now lasted nine days, taken the coach through 74 media appearances and traveled about 6,000 air miles.

Tuesday’s itinerary, which also included a morning flight from L.A. to Seattle and two hours at Virginia Mason Athletic Center so Carroll could get some football work in, was a nice change of pace from the typical schedule so far on the whirlwind book tour. Wednesday will feature two book signings — one open to the public at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle — and several media appearances around Seattle. See the full tour schedule here.

Carroll’s book, “Win Forever,” can be purchased at bookstores or online. Partial proceeds from the sales will benefit A Better LA, Carroll’s foundation that aims to crack down on gang violence.

Carroll signs books for soldiers and their families at the Fort Lewis book signing on Tuesday.

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