Saturday 23 September 2017

Sinise's band raising money for vet

Gary Sinise's band will perform to raise money for an injured Marine
Gary Sinise's band will perform to raise money for an injured Marine

Gary Sinise is keeping a promise to help raise money for a Marine who lost his limbs in Afghanistan.

The CSI: New York star - who played disabled Vietnam War veteran Lt Dan in Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump - is set to perform with his band, which is named after the fictional character, in the US this week.

The performance was originally due to take place in March but the actor had to postpone the fundraiser after he was injured in a car accident.

Gary's foundation is helping to build a specially equipped home for 22-year-old Marine Cpl JB Kerns, who lost his right arm below the elbow and both his legs below the knees in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The 57-year-old actor's foundation, along with others, has helped build several such "smart homes" for wounded veterans across the US. The foundations partnered to create the Building For America's Bravest programme to build the homes.

Gary said: "These are young guys that have been blown to bits and they've given a lot for their country and they're going to have to go for the rest of their lives with a real challenge. We're trying to do as much as we can for as many of them as possible."

When playing Lt Dan, who lost both his legs during combat, Gary worked with Vietnam War veterans groups and wanted to honour vets "with an accurate portrayal of a Vietnam veteran who didn't end up committing suicide or getting drunk at the end of the story, but he's successful and he's walking around and he's moving forward with his life".

"Certainly his disability was important, but it didn't define him at the end," he said of his character in the 1994 Oscar-winning film.

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