Gary Sinise Honors Wounded VeteransBy: Heather Vecchioni - February 28, 2014
In what could perhaps be the best news of the year so far, actor Gary Sinise is paying tribute to the troops, yet again.
Just when it seems that all hope in humanity is gone, Sinise can give you warm and fuzzies with what he did for 50 soldiers on February 14.
Through his charity, the Gary Sinise Foundation, Sinise treated the wounded veterans to all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland and Paramount Studios. He also flew them on a private charter plane and assisted in giving the group a police escort through Los Angeles.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Forrest Gump actor recruited some of his other famous friends to help give these heroes the treatment they deserve: Tom Hanks, Tom Arnold, and Ted Danson also showed up to greet the warriors.
Sinise has made a variety of efforts to honor the troops, ever since he played Lieutenant Dan in the epic film Forrest Gump. In the movie, Lt. Dan loses his legs in the Vietnam jungle, before being rescued by Gump, played by Tom Hanks. The two become best friends and ultimately partners in the shrimping industry. The character’s disability has created a connection between Sinise and those who were wounded serving the country.
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Inspired by the film, Sinise created his charity to create and support unique programs for veterans. Through the charity, Sinise has hosted a variety of events to honor the troops, and plays with his band, The Lt. Dan band, at military bases throughout America.
“There’s something different about this part,” he said in an interview. “I’ve walked into so many hospital rooms and they look at me and they think I know what they’re going through.”
During this trip, Sinise also arranged a showing of the iconic movie.
“There’s a hopeful ending to the story of Lieutenant Dan and all our wounded veterans want that story, that they can be standing up again and moving on with life and doing alright,” he continued. “The whole purpose is to send them home smiling. They should know what I’m trying to do here.”
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