You might know him from 'Forrest Gump', but countless American military personnel and veterans know him as their guardian angel.
Gary Sinise is a name people are familiar with in case they have seen the 1994 classic "Forrest Gump" and the long-running CBS crime drama "CSI: New York." But Sinise is also known for a whole lot of contributions he has made throughout the years via his Gary Sinise Foundation which has aided American servicemen and women. He has acted as an advocate for disabled American veterans and raised awareness to support the military personnel who got injured in the line of duty.
Sinise, who rose to fame after portraying Lt. Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump," ultimately formed an enduring connection with the military community. Recently, his foundation uploaded a video on their official YouTube channel where Sinise is brought into a room by a host behind the camera and he is asked to sit down in front of a laptop so he can react to something special.
Sinise agrees with the idea. As the video on the laptop started playing, the actor was barely able to contain his astonishment. In the surprise video to honor his commitment toward serving the American military and veterans, famous personalities like Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Robin Roberts, Ron Howard, Rob Lowe, Robert DeNiro, Maria Shriver, Tim Allen, Steve Buscemi, Joe Mantegna, Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Rawlings, Judd Apatow, Mayim Bialik and Sela Ward thanked him through the video message.
In addition to the actors and public figures, there were military heroes, first responders and Medal of Honour recipients, also showed up to thank Sinise for his work. "How did you get all these people? I am in shock. That makes you feel really good. I mean I did not see that coming," Sinise responds at the end of the video, barely holding back his tears. The video was later reposted on Reddit by u/BDWG4EVA where many more joined in to praise Sinise and recall the interactions they've had with him over the years.
u/Icy_Car1282 wrote: "I met Gary Sinise once when I was like twenty. He said 'Excuse me, sir, can you take a picture with me and my family?' Then he gave me his camera.
It was wild. I genuinely got the feeling he was an awesome dude." u/MostlyDefective commented: "Pay attention kids. This is how you create meaning in your life. If you are lost, give to others, you will always find meaning in that. Not to mention, you can save lives, we impact others more than we know. Be kind to each other."
How Lt. Dan continues to affect the veteran and military community. We are proud to have worked with Gary Sinise and his foundation to continue to empower the veteran/military community. pic.twitter.com/bjPToWbk2j— American Veterans Center (@AVCupdate) November 30, 2023
u/NachoUmbrella377 added: "Our family has been part of this tremendous organization and it changed our lives. Helped us heal and got my head back in the game and I will be forever thankful. What all of the incredible volunteers do for us families, it is so powerful and the impact cannot be fully stated in words." Sinise wrote about his selfless work throughout the years in a book titled "Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service."
"Freedom is not something all human beings simply get to have and enjoy. A price must be paid and I am grateful to those who are willing to pay that price, sometimes the ultimate price. Because of these special Americans, I have been able to live out my dreams, succeed in my chosen career and turn that success into something positive for others. I am thankful for the many inspirational individuals and friends I have met over the years who have helped me and supported me. I want to lead a good life, not just for myself, but also for my fellow man. A life of service, to try to make the world a better place. America has given me this opportunity, and for that, I will always be grateful," he conveyed.