About Sgt. Ben Tomlinson
Sgt. Ben Tomlinson’s first war injury occurred in 2009, in Afghanistan, when he was hit by shrapnel from a mortar that struck a nearby building. Tomlinson returned to Afghanistan in November 2010 for another seven month stint. It was then that he was injured standing on a rooftop in an Afghanistan village as troops searched for bomb-making materials and weapons. Shot through the upper back and left gasping for breath after a bullet ripped through his chest, Ben wasn’t afraid of dying. Paralyzed from the chest down, Tomlinson was haunted by the idea that people back home wouldn’t remember him, that they wouldn’t even know he was hurt. “That’s the worst fear for everyone who gets deployed,” said Tomlinson, who now uses a wheelchair. “It’s that no one is thinking about them.”
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All proceeds from this concert will benefit the construction of Sgt. Ben Tomlinson’s Smart Home.
About Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band
“Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band” concerts are an integral part of the success of Building for America’s Bravest™. Not only do the concerts provide an opportunity to raise funding for the construction of each Smart Home, but more importantly, in support of each wounded warrior, the concerts serve as a vehicle to Entertain, Educate, Inspire, Strengthen and Build Communities; which is at the core of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s mission. Creating public awareness for each wounded warrior and their family allows for long-term, sustainable support.
Proceeds will Benefit
Building for America’s Bravest™. All soldiers encounter difficulty returning to their lives as civilians, but multiple amputees face the incredible challenge of this adjustment without their limbs. Together with Tunnel to Towers Foundation, we’re helping to construct customized smarthomes for America’s most severely injured veterans.