Actor Gary Sinise, who plays the double amputee Lt. Dan starred in Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 film forest gum, donated Thanksgiving meals to veterans at a VA campus in Lincoln, Nebraska.
sinise insured 78 veterans living in the Victory Park apartment complex were given a Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. Veterans ranged from 22 to 74 years old and served in a variety of conflicts and wars.
Although Sinise was not present at the festivities, the veterans were grateful for his thoughtful offer, said Property Manager Samantha Garcia.
“It means a lot that he recognizes them. They sometimes feel forgotten, especially as they get older,” she said, per de Lincoln Journal Star. “Because Gary himself is active with veterans, it means a lot is coming from him.”
Actor Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan Taylor starred in “Forrest Gump,” donated money to provide Wednesday’s meal for 78 veterans living in an apartment complex in Lincoln for homeless veterans. https://t.co/t7lZPTWHAC
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Emil Jacobson serves in the U.S. Air Force and volunteered to assist in Lincoln on Wednesday, according to NTV.
“I’m in the service myself, I just think it’s really important to give back to those who come before us and pay tribute and help these guys,” Jacobson said.
“It’s very important, especially with all the holidays coming up, we need to make sure everyone knows we’re there for each other,” Jacobsen added.
Hy-Vee provided the meals served to the veterans by Gold Star Mothers and Blue Star Mothers.
“It’s so important to remember that these people are here and to remember what they’ve done for us,” Garcia said, per the Lincoln Journal star.
Sinise also donated meals to veterans living with a VA in Omaha, NTV reports.
The Apollo 13 star has a long history of assisting veterans. His non-profit organization, The Gary Sinise Foundation, recently provided that a Marine, seriously injured in Afghanistan, with a smart home, Breitbart News reported.
“At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need,” the foundation’s mission statement reads. “We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, empower and build communities.”