Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan, a double-amputee in Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 picture Forrest Gump, provided Thanksgiving meals to veterans at a VA facility in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Sinise made sure the 78 veterans residing at the Victory Park apartment complex got a Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday. Veterans ranged in age from 22 to 74, all veterans of wars and conflicts spanning decades.
Victory Park is a renovated VA campus apartment complex that homes homeless veterans and offers resources to help them get back on their feet.
Every year, Victory Park hosts a holiday feast, but this is the first year Sinise has provided the food. Sinise has already donated to the corporation that built and owns the facility.
Even though Sinise was not present for the festivities, Samantha Garcia, the property manager, said that the veterans were grateful for his thoughtful gift.
“It means a lot that he is recognizing them. They sometimes feel forgotten, especially as they get older,” she said. “With Gary being active with veterans himself, it means a lot coming from him.”
Emil Jacobson, a United States Air Force member, volunteered to help out in Lincoln on Wednesday.
“I myself am in the service, I just feel like it’s really important to give back to those who come before us and pay homage and help these guys out,” Jacobson said.
“It’s very important, especially with all of the holidays coming up we have to make sure everyone knows we are here for each other,” Jacobsen added.
The lunches were prepared by Hy-Vee and served to the veterans by Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers, according to journal star.
“It’s so important to remember that these people are here and remember what they’ve done for us,” Garcia said.
Sinise also provided lunches to veterans at a VA in Omaha.
The Apollo 13 star has a long history of assisting veterans. His charity, The Gary Sinise Foundation, recently donated an intelligent home to a gravely injured marine in Afghanistan, reported Breit Bart.
“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, strengthen, and build communities.”