Who doesn’t remember Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump? The 64-year-old Gary Sinise, proudly played this iconic role of a veteran which has inspired war heroes across the world.
He did not limit himself to just that but also started the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011, which has since been helping to bring many initiatives to benefit American veterans and firefighters. It has helped build 70 smart homes, hosted 700 benefit concerts, and raised over $30 million every year to improve lives of former servicemen and women.
As Sinise said, “These service members and first responders have already done their part,” says Sinise. “They have already given of themselves. And it is our great privilege, through the trust of the American people and the support given to us, to do our part to give something back to them.”
The foundation recently released a video of celebrities and veterans thanking Sinise for his contribution to the welfare of veterans and his philanthropy. It included shout outs from Robert de Niro, Rob Lowe, Jay Leno, and last, and from his former co-star Tom Hanks gleefully yelling “Thank you, Lieutenant Dan!”
In a reaction video to the thank-you compilation, Sinise is seen becoming more and more emotional watching the heartfelt clips from A-listers and military families. He says, “That made me feel really good” with a few tears if gratitude in his eyes.