Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation


Pennsylvania couple honor the military legacy of their family with gift to the Gary Sinise Foundation

Thomas Ondrea, a Vietnam veteran, and his wife, Christine, pledged a portion of their estate to the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor their family's legacy of military service and ensure supportive programs and resources reach generations of veterans.

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Portraits in Giving: An Interview with Pat Dees, President & CEO of WoodmenLife

We recently sat down with Pat Dees, President and CEO of WoodmenLife to talk about their history of supporting veterans and first responders, and about their commitment to giving back. WoodmenLife is the exclusive provider of U.S. flags and flagpoles for the Remembrance Garden at the Gary Sinise Foundation’s annual Snowball Express event, in addition to providing critical support to our Relief & Resiliency, Community Outreach & Education, and First Responders Outreach programs.

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Gary Sinise Foundation pays outstanding bills for grieving Los Angeles-area family

The last thing on Jennifer Ruelas’ mind when her father, Henry Cordero, a Vietnam veteran, passed away this summer was paying off his outstanding healthcare bills and other expenses. Help from the Gary Sinise Foundation H.O.P.E. initiative paid for several of their bills and the cost of Henry's cremation.

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Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service

With the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation, the Gary Sinise Foundation has launched a dedicated campaign called, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service, which addresses the needs and priorities of those it is entrusted by the American people to serve and honor, with the addition of healthcare professionals.

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Suicide Prevention

If you’re a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, caring VA responders are standing by to help. Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

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Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating

The Gary Sinise Foundation continues to maintain the highest rating issued by Charity Navigator.

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Our Impact

By The Numbers

specially adapted smart homes completed for our severely wounded heroes
attendees of our Invincible Spirit Festivals since 2012
meals served to our nation's defenders across the country
veterans & their guardians have participated in our Soaring Valor experiences


heroes have returned from Iraq & Afghanistan bearing the mental and physical wounds of war.

Who will help ensure their care?
I Will
Our Impact

The Stories

Outlet: LA CBS affiliateBy Greg Mills

Outlet: Boston GlobeBy Matt Berg (Globe Correspondent)

Outlet: ABC Boston affiliate, WCVB By Erika Tarantal (Anchor/Reporter)

Outlet: Orlando Sentinel By Joe Mario Pedersen

Outlet: DeadlineBy Denise Petski

Outlet: FOX News By Frank Miles

I'd like to thank Gary and the Foundation for providing a free lunch here at our USO. There are folks out there in the civilian world, like Gary, who constantly pour into our community and I am so thankful. The lunch provided today benefitted at least 150-200 Jr. Soldiers. Having been in their shoes 17 years ago, I can tell you it really hit the spot.

- Matthew EdmondsEl Paso, TX

It isn’t easy to put into words what Snowball Express meant to my 8-year-old daughter and me but I will try. I guess the easiest way to explain it is to simply state that it was the first time since losing my husband that I went 5 days in a row without crying. Sure, there were a few moments of filling up with tears. However, those were tears of gratitude and pride.

- Jennifer HansonWidow of LCDR Keith Hanson, USN

Soaring Valor gave me a sense of pride knowing how much people appreciate the contribution I made to my made the sunset of my life a complete success.

Bernard MartinWWII Veteran, Navy

Words cannot convey how grateful I am to you for hosting my father on your Soaring Valor trip. We will cherish the memories for the rest of our lives. Thank you for your program and for honoring my dad in a way that I never could.

Colin ClausSon of WWII veteran and Soaring Valor attendee

After investing so much time and training for that level in special operations, my career was over in a few seconds. You start thinking, ‘How will I provide for my family?’ But the house you built for us knocks down the obstacles most people wouldn’t think about. I don’t worry about limitations or disadvantages.

SFC Jared BullockWe proudly built a specially adapted smart home for Jared and his family.

Thank you so much. Our veterans had a wonderful time. They all returned with smiles and want to know when they can do it again. Thank you.

- Ron BrandVeterans Homes of California