Stars in Hollywood are known for being exceptionally talented in front of the camera.
Unbeknownst to us, some of them are even more amazing off-camera.
Dolly Parton, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, George & Amal Clooney, Meryl Streep, and many others are well-known celebrity benefactors.
Gary Sinise is also listed here.
His memorable performance as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” helped him gain notoriety.
He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award as a result of his work in the film.
But apart from being good in front of the camera, Sinise is a greater man behind it.
It’s no secret to most people that he is hands-on with his philanthropic work, particularly his advocacy for veterans’ causes and support for military service members.
Sinise co-founded the Gary Sinise Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on honoring and assisting veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
Their foundation includes building smart homes for severely wounded veterans, offering educational programs, and organizing entertainment tours for military personnel that are stationed overseas.
Every year, the Gary Sinise Foundation raises thirty million dollars.
In a PEOPLE interview, Sinise discussed the work that his organization does.”Every issue we hear about regarding veterans not receiving services or falling through the cracks would disappear if every person in every neighborhood across the country took a little bit of responsibility for patting these folks on the back,” the speaker stated. “If citizens adopted a slightly different perspective about the people who protect their freedoms.”
Gary Sinise was affected by the Vietnam War during his youth.
He was just 10 years old when American troops were sent to Vietnam, and the war ended when he was 20.
Speaking about the impact of the Vietnam War, Sinise told PEOPLE…
“All during the Vietnam War, I was just a high school kid playing in bands and getting in trouble. I felt guilty that, when they were off at war, I was oblivious to what they were going through. I’ve just tried to give them something back.”Sinise also mentioned that the September 11th attacks in 2001 motivated him even more to support America’s troops.
A group of influential individuals wanted to express their appreciation to Gary Sinise. Despite his charitable work supporting the military community, they decided to thank him.
Many celebrities and military personnel appeared in a video to honor Gary for his contributions to helping the troops.
Famous figures like Jay Leno conveyed their gratitude in the video:
“Every time I go to do a USO show, I always get ‘Hey Jay Leno, how you doing? You know who else is here?’ ‘Who?’ ‘Gary Sinise’ ‘Oh’ ‘In fact, he’s been here 3 times.’”
Upon watching the video, Gary Sinise became emotional, visibly moved by the heartfelt messages of gratitude.
He felt truly touched by people’s genuine appreciation.
The word “grateful” best describes Sinise, which is reflected in the title of his 2019 book, “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, by Gary Sinise.”