Gary Sinise has done a lot for veterans.
Since he portrayed ill-tempered “Lieutenant Dan” in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Sinise has likely become Hollywood’s biggest supporter of current and former service members. Though he never served in the military himself, he has veterans in his family, and he’s brought many issues that affect American veterans to public view.
The Gary Sinise Foundation has helped build 70 “specially adapted smart homes” for severely wounded veterans, served over 175,738 meals to current and former service members, and taken at least 1,891 veterans and their guardians on Soaring Valor flights to honor their sacrifice.
So far, Sinise and his foundation have accomplished quite a lot for our veterans and service members, and he continues to inspire through a new book, “Grateful American.” It’s about time someone said thanks.
A few of his friends had the same idea.
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A Gary Sinise Foundation video titled “#GratefulLikeGary” published to YouTube on Feb. 12, 2019 had more than 350,000 views just 6 days later. CEO Robin Rand surprised Sinise with thoughtful messages from some of Sinise’s most recognizable colleagues. General Colin Powell, Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Robin Roberts, Ron Howard, Rob Lowe, Robert DeNiro, Tim Allen, Steve Buscemi, Kellie Picklerall, and others make appearances along with heroes from the military, first responders, Medal of Honor recipients, Gold Star families and the USO.
“This was a complete surprise to Gary, everyone’s gift to him, revealed for the first time this morning online and on social media,” the Gary Sinise Foundation posted. “And we’d love for you to take part and help us spread the goodwill!”
It’s not hard to get choked up watching this emotional video. Sinise admits, it caught him off guard.
“Completely shocked and speechless by this surprise video,” he tweeted.
“Incredibly touched and grateful by everyone’s support. I’m crying, so choked up, I thought I’d share.”
Watch the video below, and tell the world why you are #GratefulLikeGary for the kindness and dedication of our current and former service members.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.