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Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service

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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. 

During this public health crisis, Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service will be the gateway for providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment when answering COVID-19 service calls. Financial assistance is also available to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus. 

Listen now to our founder and chairman, Gary Sinise, address the Foundation's response to COVID-19, and the steps being taken to accomplish the mission.

Since announcing the availability of First Responder grants on March 9, the Foundation has made strides in reaching departments in need of personal protective equipment and essential gear utilized in the fight against COVID-19.

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The Gary Sinise Foundation teamed up with the LAFD Foundation to provide the Los Angeles Fire Department with protective face shields as they work diligently on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Thank you for all the support. You've supported us with other donations and equipment," said LAFD Assistant Chief Wade White. "This is a big deal for us." As our founder and chairman, Gary Sinise, reminds us, "while we can never do enough for our defenders and their loved ones, we can always do a little more." Special thanks to Pen Company of America for providing the equipment to make this donation possible. Click Here to watch the full story covered on ABC7.

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Watch the video below as Gary shares impactful stories from the Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service campaign.

The Gary Sinise Foundation partnered with the Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF), local businesses, and generous volunteers to establish a safe haven for Los Angeles police officers who cannot go home between their shifts as they battle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some LAPD officers are unable to return home because they live with high-risk loved ones, and others have struggled with the distance between their residences and work due to recently-implemented 12-hour shifts. With nonessential businesses closed because of COVID-19, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation sponsored free barbers and shoe shiners at the LAPD Academy for two weeks.

The Gary Sinise Foundation donated protective equipment to Northwest Fire District in Tucson, Arizona, to help the district’s first responders prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their community. This equipment will ensure that harmful bacteria can be eliminated on a much greater scale than previously available.

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During this extraordinary time, the Gary Sinise Foundation continues to effectively support those in need through its four programs and initiatives. The generosity of thousands of Americans continues to be the enabler of the Foundation’s work felt throughout the country and at overseas military installations. These stories illuminate just that:


We continue to achieve our mission of serving and honoring our nation's defenders and their families through the following ways:

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Provided 60 meals (lunch and dinner) to the ICU at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California

Served 175 meals to the Wilmington VA Medical Center in New Castle County, Delaware. The owners of the local restaurant, Catherine Rooney’s, went above and beyond spreading gift cards to their restaurant in some meals and placed handwritten notes in each meal.

Served lunch to the Arch Health Medical Group Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion in Poway, California

Delivered a meal to the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina

Provided food vouchers for service members working around the clock at Tuttle Hospital including active duty and veteran nurses at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia

Served a BBQ lunch to Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Sponsored free family meals to Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California

Provided a meal to the staff at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida

Served 75 soldiers in quarantine meals from two local, family-owned restaurants at Fort Drum in New York

Served lunches from Tuzzio’s restaurant to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey

Handed out lunches to 400 soldiers and KATUSAs and the 169th Signal Battalion, MPs, and Fire departments at the Community Activity Center on Camp Carroll at USAG Daegu, Korea

Served 200 meals to the LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California prepared and delivered by Jon and Vinny’s Restaurant (update photo)

Served nurses at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois

Served 100 frontline COVID-19 staff (Medical Screeners, Emergency Room, and Respiratory Therapists) Angelo’s Brick Oven Pizza at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in Berkeley County, West Virginia

Donated 200 subs from Sam’s Deli to staff members of the VA Central California Health Care System in Fresno, California

Delivered 100 meals from Nicolas Kitchen to the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California

Partnered with Mission BBQ to provide meals to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Delivered lunch to the staff at Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan

Provided lunch to the therapists and staff at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Frisco and and Breckenridge, Colorado

Served lunch to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas

Served lunch and dinner to the 3 North Cardiac Telemetry unit at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California (replacement from previous)

Provided 10 days of individually wrapped snacks, fruit, and water for 70 active duty wounded, ill and injured soldiers at USO Germany in Kaiserslautern, Germany

Partnered with Mission BBQ to provide meals to the staff at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mission BBQ will also work with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center to provide jobs for vets.

Delivered 100 build your own chicken sandwiches and salads to Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, California

Delivered meals from Golden Krust Caribbean to the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York

Served 100 variety sandwich boxed lunches from Urban Pantry for Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, Washington

Served Jersey Mike’s meals to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California

Served a meal to 26 medical staff at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (Milstein Hospital Building) in New York City, New York

Served 250 staff members at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Annandale, Virginia

Served Jersey Mike’s meal boxes to 250 people in a parking lot pick up at Fort Campbell in Kentucky

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We’re also providing financial aid to those affected by COVID-19, including covering the cost of groceries and utility bills, moving costs, and rent and mortgage payments.

The list of contributions goes on, yet our work is far from over. More help is needed, and more help will be on the way.

Read more about the Gary Sinise Foundation's official announcement about proactive measures in response to the coronavirus.

Through your continued support and generosity, the Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service will ensure our nation’s heroes and their loved ones are receiving the support and resources needed to overcome the crisis facing our country.