Television and film star Gary Sinise, who has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the needs of the nation’s veterans, is urging Americans to take a more active role in ensuring veterans get the care and support they need once their military service is complete.
For the past several years, Sinise has been an active supporter of Hope for Warriors, a non-profit that works to improve the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and their families. He’s also done a number of USO tours and has established a foundation that creates and supports a number of different programs that assist veterans.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Sinise said it’s important to remember that no single foundation can provide all the care and support veterans need. To assist Americans who may be interested in helping veterans, he has compiled a list of about 30 organizations that are actively helping veterans at his foundation’s Web site (The Gary Sinise Foundation) which may be found at www.garysinisefoundation.org
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Sinise was drawn to the cause in large part because he has veterans on both sides of his family, including members who dedicated their career to the military.
“After September 11th, I decided to ramp up my support obviously because there was just a need. Our men and women are going out there in reaction to what happened to us on September 11th, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq, they’re getting hurt and we’re losing some. Just sitting back and not doing anything was not in the cards for me. It’s a good feeling to be able to do something,” he said.
Sinise said given the small percentage of the country that commits to military service, he believes it’s important for Americans to assist veterans in any way they can.
“There are a number of communities all over the country that have veterans or families with deployed troops," he said.
"There are wounded in our communities around the country and rather than just saying what national organization can I support – and there are very good ones I would recommend – I would also recommend looking within your own communities, finding out who the veterans and military families are, asking what are their needs and try to help them,” he said. “You can always do a little bit more for our veterans, and I encourage people to do so.”
For more information on how to help veterans go to visit the Hope for Warriors website at www.hopeforthewarriors.org.
Gary Sinise is hosting the annual Got Heart Give Hope gala on April 17 in Washington D.C. For more information visit www.gotheartgivehope.org.
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