A Look Back at Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express 2021
It was a powerful time of remembrance, and we couldn't have done it without you! We made this year’s event extra special by bringing the magic of Disney to the families in the safety of their own home. It was a special time where they made new memories, while creating bonds and building community with those who truly understand their loss – each other.
“i Just Want Them to Have a Happy Life”: Exclusive Army times Interview with Gary Sinise on How the Foundation Is Helping Wounded Vets
Check out this exclusive interview from Army Times featuring our very own Gary Sinise and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Ross who lost both legs to amputation and part of his pelvic bone back in 2011 after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. Find out how the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program restored Jason’s Independence and supported his Empowerment with a custom-designed, mortgage-free smart home.
Thank you for an amazing year
From Gary Sinise and all of us at the GSF Team, we just wanted to thank you for your incredible support of those we serve – our veterans, active-duty service members, most severely wounded heroes, the children of our fallen and their surviving spouses, those suffering the invisible wounds of war, their families and those in need. We are truly humbled by your gratitude. Thank YOU.
Veterinarians for Valor: Having Each Other's Backs
After creating a strong bond with the German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, Viki, her handler, veteran Jack Price, decided to take her home once she was eligible for retirement. However, years later, at ten years old, Viki began to show signs of hurting. That is when Jack reached out to the Gary Sinise Foundation. Through the Foundation's Veterinarians for Valor initiative, Jack was able to get Viki the help she needed.
Introducing the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network
The Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network is a nationwide cognitive health and mental wellness network providing transformative care to veterans and first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse.
If you’re a veteran in crisis or you're concerned about one, caring VA responders are standing by to help. Dial 1-800-273-8255 then press 1.
Each year, during the Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express, we honor and remember our fallen military heroes in a Remembrance Garden filled with hundreds of flags and placards, each representing the brave heroes our Gold Star families lost. In 2021, the tradition of this important tribute looked a little different. Thanks to the generosity of the American people and partners like, WoodmenLife, we were able to create a Virtual Remembrance Garden where all of our Snowball Express families could honor and pay tribute to their fallen hero from the comfort of their own home. The Virtual Remembrance Garden was an important reminder to our Snowball Express families that they were not alone during this time of year, and their hero’s selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten.
By The Numbers
heroes have returned from Iraq & Afghanistan bearing the mental and physical wounds of war.