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​Gary Sinise Given Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award For Supporting Veterans

​Gary Sinise Given Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award For Supporting Veterans

Actor Gary Sinise has been honoured with a Congressional Medal of Honor Society Award for his help supporting veterans, having been handed the accolade at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California earlier this week.

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He was handed the Patriot Award - the highest honour given out by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, according to Fox - which recognises those who have contributed significantly to the American military services.

Sinise, who starred as Lieutenant Dan in Tom Hanks flick Forrest Gump, has become one of Hollywood's biggest advocates for veterans over the years, having established the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2010 to help improve the lives of American service men and woman.

According to its website, the foundation helps the nation's 'defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need' by 'creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities'.

Gary Sinise receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. Credit: PA
Gary Sinise receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. Credit: PA

In a statement on the website, Sinise said: "Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted.

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"We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security.

"While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders, we can always do a little more."

Sinise is even in a band - aptly called the Lt. Dan Band - who often play special events for military families.

He's also been known to fly family members of fallen military heroes to Walt Disney World in Orlando for a pre-Christmas holiday.

Sinise has previously spoken about what it was that inspired him to start helping veterans and their families, attributing his fierce dedication to the aftermath of 9/11.

In an interview with TIME, he explained: "Quite frankly, if we hadn't been attacked on September 11, and we didn't deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, and our people didn't start getting hurt and killed, I don't know what I'd be doing right now.

"After we were attacked and [I saw] those images of what happened that day, and then our troops were deployed and getting hurt and killed, something clicked in me, and I just wanted to do something."

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, US News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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