From Our Front Lines

The Gary Sinise Foundation Blog

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. 

Each new guest room at the Thayer Hotel is dedicated to a distinguished West Point graduate with the room’s décor reflecting their accomplishments. Today, it is my pleasure to announce that my brother-in-law, Boyd McCanna “Mac” Harris, will be among these prestigious honorees.

With your support, we've accomplished so much in just three years. It's been a remarkable journey.

As we prepare to honor those who have fallen, let us also remember those we still have the privilege to thank personally. They are everyday heroes not only because they protected our everyday freedom, but because they deserve our salute each and every day.

Be sure to set your DVRs to The Sportsman Channel on Monday, May 19th at 7pm EST for the television premiere of “High Flight: A Voyage to the Edge of Infinity”. The film documents my once-in-a-lifetime U2 flight at Beale Air Force Base in June 2011, covering every moment from the day-long training and meetings with the base staff to take-off and landing.

In March, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation & Research hosted the inaugural “Closing the Gap Summit” to address the current shortfalls in care and support for our severely wounded veterans and their families.

Gary Sinise and industry experts discuss the GetSkillsToWork.org program, its goals for the country and the industry, and how veterans can identify and pursue education and careers related to advanced manufacturing.

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

Countdown to the Oscars

In case you missed it, here’s ABC’s segment from “Countdown to the Oscars” highlighting our Hollywood Salutes Heroes event!

Hollywood Salutes Heroes

Together with our co-sponsors the USO and American Airlines, the Gary Sinise Foundation proudly presented Hollywood Salutes Heroes, a three-day adventure all over Los Angeles for our nation's wounded heroes!