Right now, less than 2% of our population is protecting our safety and freedom.

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.

About Gary Sinise

For nearly 40 years, actor Gary Sinise has stood as an advocate on behalf of America’s service members. With his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump, Sinise formed an enduring connection with the military community, especially its wounded heroes. Since 9/11, serving our nation’s defenders and their loved ones has become his life’s work. The Gary Sinise Foundation was launched to expand his individual efforts by enlisting the help of the American people.

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(left) Gary as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump (right) Addressing a crowd in Iraq

Gary Sinise Foundation

Since its inception in 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation has helped close the gaps in support our defenders sometimes face. Though we have experienced remarkable growth, we remain committed to engaging personally with our defenders and their families. Whether building specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans, providing funds for essential resources to first responders, lifting spirits at military medical centers, or supporting their families in times of need, we’re serving America’s heroes and their loved ones every day.

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Watch the Gary Sinise Foundation in action in our 2018 Impact Video

The Impact of Our Programs


Specially adapted smart homes completed or underway for our severely wounded heroes. More


Spirits lifted at our Invincible Spirit Festivals at military medical centers nationwide. More


WWII veterans & guardians participated in our Soaring Valor program. More


Members of our Ambassadors Council are raising awareness about our mission and accomplishments. More


Veterans, injured heroes & Goldstar families supported through Relief & Resiliency Outreach. More


Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band concerts performed worldwide in support of our defenders and their loved ones. More


Meals served to our nation's defenders through Serving Heroes. More

First Responders Outreach provides grants and funding for training and equipment to firefighters, police & EMTs. More


Veterans attended theatre performances in Chicago & Los Angeles through our Arts & Entertainment Outreach. More

2016 Expense Breakdown

The Gary Sinise Foundation is supported by more than 35,000 donors. We cherish their trust. Above all, we are committed to fiscal responsibility, efficiency, and low overhead in all we do.

For 2016, we are proud to report that 89.55% of every dollar contributed was applied directly to support our defenders and their loved ones.

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Gratitude From Those We Serve

“The home is a tremendous step forward for myself and my family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

– USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Ross R.I.S.E. specially adapted smart home recipient

"Sometimes when we’re in a foreign country, we get a little lost. When we get to see the Lt. Dan Band or anything that reminds us of home, it’s wonderful."

– CWO Adrienne Anderson
Helicopter test pilot stationed in South Korea

“I just had the first good meal I have had in a long while provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation. It's not hard to fight for America when Americans fight for us.”

– Active Duty Service Member
at Serving Heroes

2017 Hurricane Relief

We’re thrilled to announce Snowball Express is now an official program of the Gary Sinise Foundation! More details will follow, but rest assured we will expand on this program’s important work while maintaining their many wonderful traditions.

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