Gary Sinise Foundation @garysinisefoundation
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Serving Honor and Need.
12 Posts
75k Followers
129 Following
Serving Honor and Need.
On Fundraiser Friday we're raising donations for the future specially adapted smart home of U.S. Army (Ret.) Sgt. Bryan Anderson, who in October 2005, was severely injured during a combat operation in Afghanistan. An improvised explosive device left him with the loss of his legs and left arm yet Bryan continues to lead an exemplary, service-oriented life. Let's accomplish the mission for Bryan Anderson by donating today through the link in profile where you'll contribute to the next chapter in his life. ๐Ÿ‘†
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On Throwback Thursday, we look back at Tracers which began performances at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago in January 1984 to wide acclaim and praise, particularly by Vietnam War veterans. Drawing inspiration from his connection to the Vietnam War experience by family members, Gary was adamant in bringing Tracers, conceived by John DiFusco and co-written by fellow Vietnam veterans, to Chicago. Once granted the rights to the play, Gary was intent on having the actors convey to audiences the struggles and hardship faced by returning veterans from Vietnam. Describing through their words and actions those wounds both seen and unseen, the horrors of battle and loss. Gary and the cast of Tracers went so far as to go through their version of Boot Camp -- six days of physical training and team building activities -- beginning at 3 a.m. to the banging of garbage can lids. Speaking with Vietnam veterans at the North Chicago VA near Naval Station Great Lakes, the cast invested themselves into their subject to better understand the Vietnam War experience by those who were there. At the same time that Tracers debuted at Steppenwolf, so to did the tradition of inviting veterans from the local community to attend a free performance at Steppenwolf Theater called "Vets Night." A tradition that has continued for 35 years and is now sponsored by the Gary Sinise Foundation. Reflecting on Tracers and how it played a pivotal role in his life's journey from self to service, Gary writes in his book Grateful American, "For the first time, I felt like I was giving back by honoring our veterans, by not letting them fall through the cracks, by not letting them feel unappreciated or forgotten."
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In March 2019, R.I.S.E. specially adapted smart home recipient and retired Army Captain, Jake Murphy, and his family began a new chapter in their lives thanks to the generosity of the American people. Watch Gary take a tour of Jakeโ€™s home by clicking on the link in bio to see just how impactful your donations are to the Murphy family. ๐Ÿ‘†
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During the final week of September, the 17th trip of Soaring Valor brought together 34 veterans from the Greatest Generation and 41 upperclassmen from Del Valle High School in Travis County, Texas. Paired together during the three-day trip, they embarked on a shared journey at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans that was a deeply personal retrospective into the experience of each veteran during the Second World War. On Warrior Wednesday we're highlighting WWII veterans and students who participated in Soaring Valor whose heartelt story can be found in the latest blog post by clicking on the link in bio. Thank you to @americanair for safely flying everyone to and from Austin to New Orleans. ๐Ÿ‘†
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Today we're proud to announce the launch of the Gary Sinise Foundation Legacy Society. By including the Foundation in your long-term charitable plans, you're making a lasting legacy that will impact the lives of those who selflessly serve to protect and safeguard our communities and country as first responders and in the Armed Forces, our nation's veterans from conflicts past and present, and their families. Year-round, the Foundation serves and honors our nation's heroes from coast to coast, and at overseas military installations, through its four programmatic pillars whose supporting initiatives are designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. This is your moment to leave your mark on the mission of the Foundation and cement your name and philanthropic gift as a member of the Gary Sinise Foundation Legacy Society. For more information about the Legacy Society, follow the link in bio. ๐Ÿ‘†
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On #TuesdayNewsday, we draw your attention to Orlando, Florida, where first responders are boosting community spirits and encouraging good causes all around. From hosting an impromptu ice cream party to wearing gold ribbons in support of a young boy diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, both Longwood and Orlando Police departments are going above the call of duty to support their respective community. This display of community support shows us all how we could always do a little more for our community. Click on the link in profile to read the article. ๐Ÿ‘†
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Thanks to everyone on Instagram for helping us reach 75K followers! We at the Gary Sinise Foundation are grateful for the amazing community that has formed on Instagram. Your continued support and generous donations enable us to faithfully execute our mission of serving our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Learn more about the foundation in the link in bio. ๐Ÿ‘†
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Last week, the Gary Sinise Foundation hosted a group of Los Angeles-area veterans, veteran supporters, aviation and military aficionados, at the Education and Outreach Center. Called Wings Over Wendy's, the jovial group includes veterans who served their country as far back as WWII, including Leon Waldman who served in the Army Air Corps aboard a B-17 as a waist gunner. He flew 50 missions in the European Theater. Fellow veteran Barney Leone served in the South Pacific during WWII onboard a Navy fuel ship and who in February 1945, witnessed the raising of the American flag by U.S. Marines on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. "No one prepared to die but we were ready to die for our country and freedom," said Barney about his military service during the war. As veterans swapped war stories with each other and spoke about why they joined the military with Foundation staff who served as docents, many meandered throughout the room to take in the exhibit, Gary Sinise: A Call to Action. Featuring memorabilia from his nationwide and global travels, philanthropy, and career, the exhibit showcases Gary's journey from self to service and why he inspires others to โ€œalways do a little more.โ€ We're honored to have hosted Wings Over Wendy's and serve those who have defended our nation in times of war and peace.
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