Gary Sinise is best known for his role as the fictional “Lieutenant Dan” in the classic film “Forrest Gump,” although in real life, Sinise is committed to assisting U.S. military soldiers returning home, especially in bringing their abilities to good use.
Sinise said in a recent interview that military capabilities retooled and retrained into the civilian sector can be very, very useful to any organisation. And the Gary Sinise Foundation is attempting to give assistance, or at the very least point individuals in the correct path.
“President Joe Biden recently met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah in Washington on Friday, June 25, where he called on Afghans to decide the future of their country amid Taliban advances as the last American troops withdraw after a decades-long war,” according to Yahoo Finance.
Sinise spoke on the difficulties that soldiers face when they return to civilian life.
Sinise added that leaving the military is always a challenging task, particularly if you’ve been in the military for a long time. So there are folks from all across the country, from various small villages and huge cities. And they could be looking for work. They may have mental health difficulties that they must confront and cope with.
For many years, the Gary Sinise Foundation has collaborated with Bob Evans to assist veterans in reintegrating into civilian life.
His charity offers mental health services, especially assistance to soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and substance misuse.
Sinise added that they’re partnering with some very good firms and corporate leaders to try to do more for the men and women who serve the nation.
Retired U.S. Army Captain Juan “JJ” Guerrero and his family were officially welcomed to their new R.I.S.E. specially adapted smart home! GSF wishes to thank our partners for dedicating their time, energy, and resources to the construction of JJ's home. pic.twitter.com/U8BgvY8NTg— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) June 24, 2021
How did Sinise’s life path lead him to serve veterans? The actor stated that it began long before he played Vietnam veteran “Lieutenant Dan.”
Sinise explained, it starts with veterans in his own family. He became active in assisting Vietnam soldiers in the 1980s, prior to playing a Vietnam veteran in ‘Forrest Gump,’ when he became involved in helping the injured.
Sinise continued that then September 11th happened, citing it as an influence in his work with veterans.