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Gary Sinise Foundation

Our History



The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. As they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, supporting the heroes of our nation is a responsibility each of us must carry. The Gary Sinise Foundation works to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten.


In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation began building custom Smart Homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its Building for America’s Bravest partner program. Each Smart Home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In 2013, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment). For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. As a part of the Foundation, the band is raising spirits and awareness for military worldwide.


In 2015, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum. The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum while sponsoring an historian to document their first-hand accounts of the war. Since the inception in 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation has grown beyond all expectations. Today, it is sustained by the generosity of over 19,000 donors. The importance of its mission is recognized by supporters all over the world.




For over 30 years, Gary Sinise has stood as an advocate on behalf of America’s servicemen and women.


It began in the early 80’s with his support of Vietnam veterans groups and the creation of Vets Night, a program offering free dinners and performances to veterans at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His commitment continued into the 90’s working on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans organization which he continues to actively support. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, his dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans, and their families has become a tireless crusade of support, service and gratitude for all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.


His portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. After several USO handshake tours, Sinise formed the “Lt. Dan Band” in 2003 and began entertaining troops serving at home and abroad. The band performs an average of 30 shows a year for military bases, charities and fundraisers supporting wounded heroes, Gold Star families, veterans and troops around the world.


Sinise serves as spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial and was instrumental in raising funds for the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in NYC. He serves on executive councils for the Medal of Honor Foundation and the USO and is an advisory board member with Hope for the Warriors. In recognition of his humanitarian work on behalf of our nation’s defenders, Sinise has earned many distinguished awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Medal of Honor Society, the Spirit of the USO Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association, and most recently, the John Wayne True Grit Award and the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Award. In 2008, he was given the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. He is only the third actor ever to receive this honor. Sinise was also named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the Navy and an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corp. Most recently in 2017 George Catlett Marshall Medal, Association of the United States Army - AUSA National’s award for distinguished, extraordinary and selfless service to the United States, in October 2015, Sinise received the Sylvanus Thayer Award from the West Point Association of Graduates. The award is given to a citizen whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature in the civilian community share comparative qualities for which West Point strives. In 2011, to expand upon his individual efforts, Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation.


Giving back to those who sacrifice for our nation and encouraging others to do the same has become Gary Sinise’s personal quest and what he hopes will endure as a legacy of service to others.





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PO Box 50008
Studio City, CA 91614

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All Donations are Tax Deductible. Gary Sinise Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 80-0587086. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation. All Donations are Tax Deductible. Gary Sinise Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 80-0587086. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation. ​