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.
We have never forgotten that it is you, our supporters, that makes the Gary Sinise Foundation's outreach possible. That's why I invite you to watch our latest video. It offers a glimpse of all the positive changes you're helping to make possible in the lives of our nation's defenders and their families.
Of the thousands of veterans I’ve met over the years, I cannot recall any who have sought recognition for their service. More often than not, they instead tell me they were ‘just doing their job’. Yet their profession is difficult, dangerous work that takes its toll not only on our service members themselves but their loved ones at home as well.
In working with Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, I’ve seen every possible show scenario – everything from professional venues to a fully set stage being dragged across a rodeo arena, minutes before the band started, to playing in the Afghan desert on a truck bed in a haze of swirling dust.
I served 10 years as an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL, deploying three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan as a lead sniper, breacher, JTAC, and navigator. Today I work as the Director of Programs and Outreach for the Gary Sinise Foundation. I am 41 years old and this is the first Labor Day I have ever celebrated in my life as part of the civilian work force.