"Forrest Gump" Star Starts Foundation for Military Families (Video)
Actor Gary Sinise, probably best known for his performance as war veteran Lieutenant Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump", is starting a new foundation to help out the military. Fittingly called the Gary Sinise Foundation, the non-profit will support programs for military families and veterans, according to the foundation's website:
Sinise has long been involved in working for the troops. He founded the Lt Dan Band in 2003, and the music group performs for servicemembers and their families through the USO dozens of times each year. President George W. Bush also awarded Sinise the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2008 for his work supporting the military, making him only the second actor in history to get the honor, according to the Gary Sinise Foundation website.
Sinise announced the plans for his foundation yesterday at the National Press Club. He also told the gathered crowd about his movie "Lt Dan Band: For the Common Good" which will debut on the Fourth of July.
If you've never heard the Lt Dan Band live, here's a video clip of the group (courtesy of YouTube) performing at "Rockin' for the Troops" in 2007. Check out the pipes on the lead singer: http://youtu.be/ZYyxBbj3BsM