Actor Gary Sinise Uses his Role in FORREST GUMP to Show Appreciation for the Men and Women who Serve and Protect Us

Actor Gary Sinise

What started as a random role in FORREST GUMP became one of actor Gary Sinise’s calling cards. Sinise, who played Lt. Dan in the popular movie, now travels with a band of the same name and gives back to military families, according to an article by Movieguide® Staff at

Movieguide® says Sinise has brought the Lt. Dan Band to major war zones to inspire American troops, and it makes the actor all the more grateful for American freedom.

“I’ve stood on the border between North and South Korea several times,” Sinise said in an interview with Fox News.

“They’re free in the South and slaved enslaved in the North. You value your freedom that much more when you value that people have provided for you, and that’s the men and women of the United States military. That’s why I started my foundation. I want to support them in every way I can. Because freedom is precious, and it has to be fought for, it has to be protected. Independence from a tyranny has to be fought for and protected and I thank God for the men and women who are willing to do that and I just want to help them out.”

Sinise says his appreciation for the military actually really took off after he took the part of Lt. Dan.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland