Gary Sinise is a very kind human being. You may have seen him in the movies “Of Mice and Men” or “The Green Mile.” You may know him most from his role as Lieutenant Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump.” In spite of the fact that he is a very famous actor, his achievements in Hollywood are dwarfed by the work that he has done for veterans of the United States military.
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established by Gary Sinise in the year 2011. The mission of the organization is to provide support to all three branches of the United States armed forces. They not only construct high-tech houses for war heroes who have been wounded, but they also put on concerts and events for service members both at home and abroad. Every year, the Gary Sinise Foundation brings in a total of $30 million in donations.
In an interview with PEOPLE from the previous year, Sinise discussed the activities that are carried out by his organization.
“All the problems that we hear about with regard to veterans not getting services or falling through the cracks would disappear if every person in every neighborhood around the country took a little bit of responsibility for patting these folks on the back,” he said. “If every person in every neighborhood around the country took a little bit of responsibility for patting these folks on the back, all the problems that we hear about with regard to veterans not getting services If only the populace would see the people who make their freedom possible in a little different light.
When Sinise was younger, it was during the time of the Vietnam War. When the first American forces were sent in the nation, he was only 10 years old. When the war was finally done, he was 20 years old. Sinise also spoke with PEOPLE the influence that the Vietnam War has had on his drive to continue doing the job that he performs.
According to Sinise, “during the whole time that the Vietnam War was going on, I was simply a high school student performing in bands and getting in trouble.” “I felt bad that, while they were away at war, I was naive to what they were going through. I was unaware of what they were going through. I’ve only made an effort to repay them in some little way.”
Sinise would also claim that the attacks on September 11th, 2001 increased his desire to do more for America’s warriors. This statement was made in reference to the events of that year.
Gary Sinise’s humanitarian activity focuses on giving back to the military community; but, in recent years, a number of individuals have made the decision to give back to him. A number of well-known people and members of the armed forces appeared in a film in which they expressed their gratitude to Gary for all he has done to support the soldiers.
In the video, Sinise could be seen receiving notes from celebrities including Jay Leno.
When I go to perform a program for the USO, people constantly say things like, “Hey, Jay Leno, how are you doing? ” You are aware of who else is present, right? ‘Who?’ “Gary Sinise,” “oh,” “in fact, he’s been here three times,”
Ron Howard praised the individuals for their devotion, dedication, and work, saying, “You are great.”
Rob Lowe expressed his gratitude to the organization by saying, “More than anything, thank you for all you do for our troops.”
Tom Hanks, who starred with Sinise in the film Forrest Gump, also wrote a personal greeting to Sinise.
“Thanks Lieutenant Dan!” Hanks may be heard saying in the footage.
Gary notices that he is welling up with tears as he watches the video. It is very evident that the sincere expressions of gratitude have struck a chord with him. He observes that individuals feel genuine appreciation. Perhaps the term “grateful” is the one that most captures Sinise’s character. The phrase may be found in the title of the book that Gary Sinise published in 2019, which is titled “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.”