Gary Sinise To Receive Humanitarian Award For Serving America's Military And Their Families

Gary Sinise To Receive Humanitarian Award For Serving America's Military And Their Families

The accolade will be presented to him at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards for his outstanding service for the U.S. military personnel and their families.

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Gary Sinise is not just known for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump but also his outstanding acts of philanthropy. Over the years, the Oscar-nominated actor has helped rebuild the lives of US veterans through the Gary Sinise Foundation which was established in 2001. Now, the veterans' advocate is finally being honored for his generous deeds in the form of the Humanitarian Award from the Location Managers Guild International. The accolade will be presented to him at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards for his outstanding service for the U.S. military personnel and their families, reports Deadline. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it will be a virtual ceremony hosted by Isaiah Mustafa on Saturday, October 24 at 2 pm PST.


The award was announced by LMGI President Mike Fantasia and co-chairs Lori Balton and John Rakich on August 11. "The LMGI proudly salutes Gary Sinise," said the co-chair and former LMGI President Lori Balton. "We are humbled to help shine a light on the impact he and his foundation make on our military, veterans, and first responder communities that they serve. In the turmoil of today’s world, those men and women who make such great sacrifices deserve our honor and are too often forgotten." The LMGI Awards is a global collective of career location professionals in the television, film, and production industries. It hosts an annual awards ceremony to honor “outstanding contributions” by professionals affiliated with the industries.  


The Emmy-winning actor has previously earned two awards from "the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award, its highest honor, among others," reports the outlet. Surely, he deserved the honors because not many know that Sinise has been donating millions of dollars every year to support war veterans through his foundation. "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," reads the official website of his foundation. 


"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," it continues. 


"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," shared Sinise.


In conclusion, his statement read, "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."

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