From Our Front Lines

The Gary Sinise Foundation Blog

Each year we celebrate July 4th as the day during the Revolutionary War when Americans declared their independence from Britain by signing the Declaration of Independence.

 

We are so proud to celebrate our fourth anniversary. On this milestone day, here are just a few of the incredible accomplishments you’ve helped make possible.

Check out this video from our Invincible Spirit Festival at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio!

In 2008-2009, I was assigned to the 349th Combat Support Hospital serving at Forward Operating Base Salerno located in eastern Afghanistan, close to the Pakistan border. We cared for the casualties of the conflict, including U.S. soldiers, Afghan national soldiers and police, Afghan local civilians including women and children, as well as enemy combatants.

 

While Memorial Day has come to signify beach getaways and backyard cookouts, its true purpose has never been more important. It is easy to take for granted the freedom we know and the safety we feel.

 

This May, children all across the country will be doing something special for their mothers. For the more than 1700 young wounded warriors who also happen to be amputees, or the thousands more who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries, honoring their moms in such a traditional way often can be problematic.

Before we moved out west, we were lifelong New Yorkers. Like Gary, 9/11 was a turning point in our lives. Billy was working in Manhattan at the time. We lost several friends and knew countless others that were impacted.

Check out this video from our Invincible Spirit Festival at Naval Medical Center San Diego !

Check out this video from our Invincible Spirit Festival at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda !

Check out this video from our Invincible Spirit Festival at Brooke Army Medical Center!