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GARY SINISE: AMERICAN HERO

Good guys are among us.  Gary Sinise is one of them.

President Bush bestowed Presidential Citizen Medals on twenty recipients earlier today, among them actor Gary Sinise.

…Gary Sinise…played the double-amputee Vietnam War veteran in the Tom Hanks’ movie “Forrest Gump.” To television viewers, he’s better known as a star of CBS’ “CSI: NY.”

After receiving his medal, Sinise told reporters that he had volunteered to help the USO after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sending school supplies to Iraqi children. The White House cited him as a humanitarian and a patriot.

“I’m deeply touched to receive this medal,” Sinise said.

“The award is second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom in honors the president can give to a civilian.”

Unfortunately, the media ignores mention of the ample specifics of Sinise’s public service; and while his acting career is commendable — the wonderful Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump” and Sinise’s starring acting role in “CSI: NY” as also his Producer and Writer contributions on that series — Sinise’s ongoing devotion to the entertainment of our military (Sinise performs with his “Lt. Dan Band” for the troops and in other military-associated venues), as also in fundraising for our military wounded and recovering, is sadly absent from mention in the media today in regards thjs Presidential Medal award.

Sinise, widely known for his Lt. Dan character in the movie “Forrest Gump” and current role as Detective Mac Taylor on “CSI: NY,” is well-known to the military crowd for a different reason. He and his band completed five tours with the USO, and regularly play at military bases around the world. Friday’s show was in honor of Military Appreciation Month.

“It’s very important that you know we are grateful,” Sinise said between songs. “The sacrifice you and your families make — you are not forgotten.”

Sinise fronts the band and plays bass. He also co-founded Operation Iraqi Children, a non-profit which sends school supplies to Iraqi kids.

Heroes are among us and most of them are quiet and persistently good guys such as is Gary Sinise.

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