The Gary Sinise Foundation was established to expand his work in reaching out to the members and families of American military services and help those in need.
Gary Sinise, of the Forrest Gump fame, recently received the Patriot Award by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society organization at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, reports abc7. Sinise has been working diligently for over 25 years in helping veterans towards leading a better life. The Gary Sinise Foundation was established to expand his work in reaching out to the members and families of American military services and help those in need. The foundation's website states: At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
Sinise’s Foundation has provided defenders across the nation with over 175,000 meals, 230 relief grants were awarded to police, firefighters, and EMTs, renovated over 15 homes to make them accessible to the special needs of veterans. He has also made a hefty donation of over $30 million for the smooth functioning and implementation of these programs.
Since he was born into a family that has members who served in the army, working for improving the lives of veterans was something very close to Sinise’s heart. "I’ve found that service is the best way to heal," he said in a previous interview. "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 regards to veterans not getting services or falling through the cracks would disappear. If citizens would look at their freedom providers in a little bit different way."
Sinise’s father had fought in the Korean War, while his grandfather had served in the army during World War I. He also had two uncles who served as soldiers during World War II. After his role in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, Sinise would be present at military conventions and full United Service Organization tours. His love for the paraplegic character "has grown beyond anything I could ever imagine."
Speaking of his work with the DAV, Sinise said, "I love coming here to support the DAV. You meet veterans from all over the country, from many different conflicts... We get to entertain them and I get to celebrate them and show my appreciation for them. It's something I look forward to every year."