USA Patriotism! proudly recognizes . . . patriot Gary Sinise for his tireless efforts and support of the troops.
Best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump,” Gary Sinise is a strong advocate for the troops and has appeared at numerous events around the globe supporting U.S. service men and women.
The Chicago native tours with his Lt. Dan Band to perform free shows full of their unique style of oldies and rock and roll. He has also traveled to both Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to visit troops wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following a USO tour to Iraq, during which he visited with Iraqi school children, Gary Sinise co-founded Operation International Children (OIC), which provided school supplies to students in Iraq through the generosity of the American people.
OIC was closed in 2013 when Gary started the Gary Sinise Foundation, which serves our Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
And here are a few heartfelt, caring thoughts about our brave troops from Gary Sinise...
"It's very important that we give back to these volunteers who serve our nation because they're on the front lines for us, and they need to know we care," he said. "Perhaps one of the reasons that I've jumped on board so strongly for the USO, and for supporting the service members in this time of war, is that I do remember how our Vietnam veterans were treated when they came home, and we can never let that happen again." Air Force Link, November 3, 2004
"I think we do owe our troops a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make. This is an all-volunteer service, and they're around the world defending our country or helping others defend themselves."
Chicago Sun-Times, September 24, 2004
"It is about, do you support the troops? If you do . . . it is a way of supporting the troops without it being political at all." Hannity and Colmes (FoxNews) January 13, 2006
Poem saluting Gary Sinise's patriotic efforts > Patriot First!
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Gary Sinise shaking hands of troops
Gary Sinise with Iraqi Children
while visiting the troops
Gary Sinise with a troop and his family
Gary Sinise speaking to troops on a USO tour