At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. Upon their return to civilian life, the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges they and their families face are often very difficult. As citizens, supporting our defenders is a responsibility each of us must carry – and the Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to ensuring that the sacrifices of our brave men and women are never forgotten.
In 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation proudly partnered with Tunnel to Towers Foundation to create Building for America’s Bravest™, a program designed to construct custom Smart Homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans. Each house features fully-automated amenities to ease their unimaginable life changes and help restore their independence. Twenty-five Smart Homes will have broken ground or completed construction by the end of 2013, each for a wounded warrior and their family.
For the past decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have brought their exhilarating live performances to our nation’s service members and their families all around the world. Whether boosting morale on military bases at home and abroad, the band entertains, educates, inspires and builds communities with its explosive live show.
We’ve established the Gary Sinise Foundation Relief & Resiliency Outreach program to provide complete support to military and first-responder families recovering from trauma and loss during times of urgent need. We’re also hosting our very own Invincible Spirit Festivals, day-long celebrations designed to boost the morale and spirits of the patients, their families and the medical staff at military hospitals across the country.
Additionally, we’re showing our appreciation through Serving Heroes, a program that provides hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. We’ve also expanded our Arts & Entertainment Outreach program to include the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge.