Award-wining actor Gary Sinise is no stranger when it comes to supporting veterans. KUSI in San Diego recently aired a story about how The Gary Sinise Foundation helped one California veteran and his family.
Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Ross survived two tours in Afghanistan, an IED explosion, and more than 240 subsequent surgeries.
“While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.” — Gary Sinise
Ross was injured by an IED during his second deployment in Afghanistan in March, 2011. The injuries he sustained caused both of his legs to be amputated, and part of his pelvic bone was removed. Ross made it through more than 240 surgeries, and each subsequent recovery period, over a three-year period.
The Gary Sinise Foundation provided Ross with a home in southern California in August, 2015, as a recipient of a R.I.S.E. custom Smart Home. He shares his story in this video:
Sinise has long been a supporter of veterans’ organizations, and frequently performs on USO tours at military bases worldwide, playing in his band, the Lt. Dan Band, named after his Forrest Gump character.
Sinise won an Emmy Award for his role in the 1997 television movie, George Wallace, a Golden Globe Award for the 1995 HBO award-winning movie, Truman, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie, Forrest Gump.