Legendary actor Gary Sinise, best known as the hard-charging “Lt. Dan” in the movie “Forrest Gump,” is not just a hero on a Hollywood screen — he’s also a hero in the real world, helping disabled veterans through his Gary Sinise Foundation and providing a voice for those who fight for our country.
After President Obama held a Rose Garden ceremony for the parents of alleged-deserter Bowe Bergdahl, with National Security Adviser Susan Rice claiming that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction,” Sinise once again used his celebrity platform to be a voice for the families of the fallen soldiers who died searching for a man who allegedly deserted his post in the middle of a war.
When the U.S. Army brought charges against Bergdahl earlier this year, Sinise took to Twitter to demand that the White House explain exactly why the now-infamous prisoner swap, in which Obama traded five high-ranking Taliban commanders for the alleged traitor, took place — for the sake of the families who lost sons, brothers and husbands in the process of searching for Bergdahl.
Watching an industry full of sheep who worship Obama’s every move, we’re always grateful to see patriotic Americans in Hollywood, who stand behind our troops, separate themselves from the rest and not hesitate to call out the commander in chief for his questionable actions.
Gary Sinise was a voice for veterans long before Forrest Gump. In the 1980s, Sinise was profoundly moved by a play written by Vietnam veterans called “Tracers,” which highlighted how America treated returning soldiers from Vietnam.
Because of personal experiences with his brother-in-law serving as a combat medic in Vietnam along with other family and friends and seeing how they were treated upon returning to their homeland, Sinise vowed to use his platform to make sure such mistreatment never happens again.
We salute Sinise for taking his time to stand up for veterans, especially disabled ones, to get them the help that they most certainly deserve after putting their lives on the line so the rest of us can sleep peacefully at night.