STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Actor Gary Sinise stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to talk about his “Gary Sinise Foundation.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation was officially formed in 2010 and is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

Gary Sinise’s passion in this area was born from his family’s deep roots in military service and from a desire to contribute following the attacks on September 11, 2001

Gary’s work with veterans began in the early 1980’s while living in the city of Chicago. But the catalyst that really changed Gary’s life and threw him into a new level of service came on September 11th, 2001.

Faced with a new reality about the world in which we now lived, soon after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Sinise immediately stepped in to help by volunteering his time with the USO.

Determined he was not going to let our service personnel and their families experience the negative reception and lack of support received by veterans returning from Vietnam, Gary offered moral support, shook hands, signed autographs, took pictures, visited the wounded, and entertained the military in both the US and abroad.

Little did he know that everything he’d witness over the next decade would become the heart and soul that is The Gary Sinise Foundation.

His purpose in creating the foundation was to provide a reliable resource for people wanting to donate to programs supporting these causes.

Under the umbrella of The Gary Sinise Foundation, one person is able to make a difference and join forces with a legion of supporters. “The Foundation is a strong, dependable resource to spread the ‘give-back goodness’.” That’s what Gary Sinise
wants his Foundation to do, “provide opportunities for people to give back.”

For more information, visit Gary Sinise Foundation.

Comments (3)
  1. KGriffin says:

    Gary Sinise = Great Guy

  2. Janice says:

    Gary Sinise is an epitome of a great man and patriot. I wish there were more like him!

  3. Janice says:

    I’m a Filipina and I’m impressed by Mr. Sinise’s mission to help his countrymen. Not only is he a great actor, he’s paying it forward! I wish he could come to my country during his break from work and his mission.

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