Actor Gary Sinise has received one of the highest military honors that a civilian can earn.
Sinise, an actor best known for his roles in "Forrest Gump" and "CSI: NY," has become well known for his support of the armed forces. Since portraying wounded Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," Sinise has developed a bond with disabled and wounded veterans across not only the country, but the world.
According to the Independent Journal Review, Sinise formed the Lt. Dan Band following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His band provides American troops with entertainment while they serve their country.
Sinise also created the Gary Sinise Foundation, which aims to help first responders and military personnel through education, entertainment, financial aid and therapy. Through his foundation, Sinise has launched programs such as R.I.S.E., which builds homes adapted for severely wounded veterans; Soaring Valor, which gives World War II veterans the gift of a trip to pay their respects at the National Museum in New Orleans; and Relief & Resiliency Outreach, which provides support for veterans recovering from trauma.