Gary Sinise Donated House to Disabled Man on 10th Wedding Anniversary – His Foundation Gives Homes to Vets

A new video, Gary Sinise and some of the veterans he has helped through the Gary Sinise Foundation talk about the homes the foundation has built and how they “support empowerment for our wounded heroes.”

Gary Sinise, an actor known for his roles in FORREST GUMP, THE GREEN MILE, and CSI:NY, started the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011. The organization provides support for wounded veterans and their families.

In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched the R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.

According to their website, “Over ten years later, the Foundation is honored to have completed 79 mortgage-free smart-technology homes across the country for our most severely wounded heroes.”

In a new video, some of the veterans who have been helped by the foundation over the years, as well as how Sinise got involved.

Sinise’s role as Lieutenant Dan in FORREST GUMP impressed viewers and veterans alike.

“Gary’s portrayal of Lieutenant Dan was right on the mark,” one person said. “I mean, you know, the way — his anger and the way he treated people — all of that was perfect.”

Sinise was also inspired by his character’s story.

“[I was] playing a wounded veteran, showing that there was life after the injury,” the actor explained. “He’s able to pull himself up, make peace, and go on and be successful in life.”

This led to Sinise’s involvement with various veteran organizations.

“Engaging with our wounded on a regular basis…all those seeds planted there manifested itself into…the RISE program: restoring independence, supporting empowerment,” Sinise said.

One veteran shared, “It just felt like this huge burden and this huge weight was taken off our shoulders.”

“I don’t even know how to put into words what it means,” another said. “It’s impossible.”

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