For years now, Gary Sinise has been selflessly donating millions of dollars to help veterans across the United States.
Gary Sinise, who rose to fame following his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, happens to be the select few whose outstanding acts of philanthropy have touched people across the globe. The Golden Globe Award winner established the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2001 to help US veterans rebuild their lives following the traumatic experiences they undergo at war.
"After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I began devoting much of my time supporting the men and women who were deployed in response to those attacks - the brave service members who, each day, protect and defend our great country. Having veterans in my own family, and having been involved with supporting our military veterans going back to the '70s, '80s, and '90s, it was after that terrible day I decided to become much more active for our defenders however and wherever I could," shares Sinise on his foundation's official website.
Determined to help veterans he did just what he had planned on, "A few years after 9/11, I visited local NY firehouses, befriended many firefighters, and have supported the FDNY through numerous efforts, including raising funds to build The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance, in honor of all 416 first responders lost on that terrible morning. Through the Disabled American Veterans organization, I found it my mission to do all I could to support our wounded heroes and their families. And by getting involved with many other veterans Initiatives, I began to support the children of the fallen, Gold and Blue Star Families, and wherever I could serve and honor a need within the military, veteran, and first responder communities."
"Over the years, I have met many dedicated people who are also actively working to do the same, and I have tried to do what I can to support their efforts as well as spearhead many projects on my own in support of those who are currently serving, have served, our first responders, and the families who serve alongside them. I’ve traveled to visit our troops around the world, and have also performed with my band (Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band) in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Singapore, Diego Garcia, Guantanamo Bay, Alaska and throughout the US in an effort to help boost the morale of our troops and military families. Through my travels, I've seen firsthand our service member’s extraordinary dedication," he continues.
Concluding the statement, he said, "My personal mission is what led to the founding of the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011, and with the help of supporters like you, we will continue to expand this mission in support of our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones, while upholding the importance of keeping our country strong by taking care of those who serve. While our programs and projects have certainly made a difference in many lives, there’s much more work to be done. On behalf of all of us here at the Gary Sinise Foundation, thank you."
Gary Sinise gives veteran who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan a custom-built smart home https://t.co/ZK6uhPQviz— 🇺🇸Lionel🇺🇸 (@LionelMedia) November 3, 2019
Recently, the actor launched a program to build "specially adapted smart homes for our most severely wounded heroes." We’re constructing one-of-a-kind specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded heroes. This initiative predominantly supports our Post 9/11 defenders, that were injured in combat operations or during training while performing their duties. These 100% mortgage-free homes ease the daily challenges faced by these heroes and their families who sacrifice alongside them, read the website. Jonathon Blank, who joined the Marine Corps in 2006 after graduating from high school, was chosen to the resident of one such home. During his time in Afganistan, the former Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, lost both his legs after an IED exploded on him. To this day, years after the traumatic incident, Blank continued to endure chronic pain, migraines, and insomnia. But now with the new house, Blank cannot help but be grateful to Sinise. Recalling the day he received the news about his new home, he said, "I was accepted. He (Gary Sinise) told me to save his number and to call him anytime."