We have become used to seeing Gary Sinise playing in movies. He has played everything from tough cops to soldiers and even a bad guy or two.
Perhaps his most noteworthy role was in Forest Gump but he is more than a star, he is a man of charity. The Gary Sinise Foundation supports active miliary members, veterans and first responders along with their families.
Gary was recently surprised with a tribute because of his charity work. When he saw it, he was in tears.
63-year-odl Sinise has visited troops a number of times overseas. He credits his role as Lieutenant Dan as helping to build that bond with veterans.
“He’s kind of played a bigger role in my life because of the nature of what that character was,” Sinise told ET.
“He was a wounded, injured soldier, and I remember going into the first hospital to visit an injured soldier after Sept. 11, and all he wanted to talk about was Lieutenant Dan and what happened to Lieutenant Dan. So, that character has obviously been very special to me.”
In order to celebrate the release of ‘Grateful American’, Sinise’s new memoir, many celebrity friends and veterans shared a touching message with him to thank him for all he does.
Sinise admits to being “completely shocked and speechless” as he watched Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, and Kristin Chenoweth, and many others on the video. There were also veterans and their families, along with first responders who stepped forward to say thank you.
Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell thanked the actor “for all the things you have done for our men and women who have served our nation.”
“Not only what you’ve done for them but for their children, what you’ve done for their families, what you’ve done to help them rebuild their lives.”
One family who has received a home, thanks to the Sinise Foundation, posed on their property to give him a shout-out.
“As you can see we’re in front of this beautiful house right now,” the veteran said. “We wouldn’t have had it were it not for your kindness, graciousness and your wonderful gift of giving.”
The Gary Sinise Foundation would like social media users to pass along the video as part of the #GratefulLikeGary campaign.