Actor Gary Sinise has starred in his share of films of television shows, but there’s one role that still follows him nearly 20 years later: Lt. Dan.
Sinise, a longtime advocate for veterans’ interests, says his role as a double-amputee Vietnam War veteran in the iconic movie “Forrest Gump” changed his life forever. In addition to the instant stardom that followed, he says it “began a relationship with our disabled veterans and our wounded veterans.”
“I realized from the get-go that that particular character had been seen by so many people within the military community that it meant something to them,” Sinise tells Politics Confidential. “That particular character is bigger than a movie really.”
Though his interest in helping veterans began long before his role as Lt. Dan, Sinise says it has allowed him to make a remarkable connection with the military community. He tells the story of the first time he visited a military hospital: “I started walking by them andRead More »from Gary Sinise: Role as Lt. Dan continues to resonate and impact the lives of veterans