Actor, musician, and constant veteran supporter Gary Sinise is spending time with the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan just before Christmas. Sinise announced that he was headed to Iraq and Afghanistan “for a quick trip to see as many troops as possible” in an Instagram post. The post featured an image of him visiting troops in Afghanistan back in 2006.
“Looking forward to seeing our tremendous military service members, letting them know we are thinking of them, we do not forget, and that we are grateful for their service to our country,” Sinise wrote on Instagram. “Merry Christmas folks.”
He posted several photos of his visit so far in Afghanistan on social media, posing for photos with troops and medical staff at Bagram Air Base and the Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad.
He will be returning home before Christmas Day, but the actor’s surprise visit is another example of his tireless work for veterans and members of the Armed Forces, letting them know that they are supported and not forgotten — especially around the holidays.
Most recently, the Gary Sinise Foundation took over operations for the Snowball Express organization. Snowball Express works directly with the children of fallen service members to bring some joy back into their lives, give them a sense of community, and honor their fallen parents by making sure they are taken care of.
Gary Sinise was awarded the George Catlett Marshall Medal earlier this year, the highest award given by the Association of the United States Army, for “selfless service to the United States of America.” His work with veterans and their families also earned Sinise the honor of being this year’s Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
The award-winning actor, perhaps best known for his role as disabled Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in Forest Gump, has been helping veterans for decades and now runs the Gary Sinise Foundation. The organization’s mission is to “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. [They] do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”
Gary Sinise’s charitable work for veterans includes the Lt. Dan Band — of which he is a member — to entertain the troops and their families both on USO tours and their own shows. The Foundation’s other programs include building and modifying homes for wounded veterans, providing mobility devices and adapted vehicles for veterans, and taking WWII veterans to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
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