UNITED STATES−Actor and humanitarian, Gary Sinise was awarded the Patriot Award, the highest award given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his continuous work and support for the American veterans. He was presented the award at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. Sinise, who known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in the film, “Forrest Gump,” where he co-starred alongside Tom Hanks.
For over 30 years, Sinise has worked as an advocate to give back to American servicemen. Following several USO handshake tours, the actor started the Lt. Dan Band in 2003 performing in approximately 50 shows annually to support of American troops.
He is the spokesperson for several U.S. Veterans organizations, and serves on the Executive Council for the Medal of Honor Foundation, the USO, and serves on the advisory board for Hope for Warriors.
His efforts have been recognized through many awards including the Presidential Citizens medal, which is the second highest civilian honor awarded for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. There are only two other actors that have ever received this honor prior to Sinise.
He has been named, an honorary Marine, and an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy, and received the outstanding civilian service award in 2011. He has founded the, Gary Sinise foundation to further his efforts which builds smart homes for severely wounded U.S. Veterans.