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Actor Gary Sinise as ‘the new Bob Hope’
North County Times ^ | October 20, 2012 | Gretel C. Kovach

Posted on 10/20/2012 12:15:32 PM PDT by jazusamo

Advocate for wounded troops performing at Naval Medical Center San Diego

Some of actor Gary Sinise’s most memorable roles have been public servants injured in the line of fire who found solace in the healing power of relationships.

As Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump,” he played an angry Vietnam War veteran whose friendship with the title character helps him make peace with life as a double amputee. In the television series “CSI: NY,” Sinise is a police detective who leans on his girlfriend to recover from a gunshot wound.

His interactions with real-life men and women on the front lines or struggling at home to overcome disability inspired another major role — globe-trotting fundraiser, entertainer and advocate for military and law enforcement personnel.

On Saturday, the 57-year-old actor from Los Angeles and his “Lt. Dan Band” will jam at a party for service members in treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The event caps a weeklong observation of the five-year anniversary of C5, the medical center’s Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care rehabilitation program.

Sinise said he has great respect for veterans, beginning with those in his family. He became involved with Vietnam War veterans in the 1980s in Chicago, long before his Academy Award-nominated supporting role alongside Tom Hanks.

“Along came Sept. 11th and we started deploying our troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. They started getting hurt and killed. There was a role I could play, I felt, in supporting them,” Sinise said. “I started volunteering to visit and go overseas to the hospitals and doing what I could to show my appreciation for what they were doing, trying to give back to them as an entertainer.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sinise; usmilitary; veterans
Gary Sinise's dedication to our military is appreciated.

Gary Sinise Foundation

1 posted on 10/20/2012 12:15:39 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Gary Sinise may live in Southern California, but he’s originally from Chicago (northern suburbs). Yes, believe it or not, there are conservative, patriotic Americans that still reside in Illinois and would love to decimate the Democrat Party’s stranglehold on this state (now the worst economically in the whole USA). The sad part is most conservatives of any means are fleeing the state given we’ve been so badly beaten by democrats and a Republican Party that doesn’t do enough to fight (or there moderates or RINO’S). We haven’t given up hope, yet.....


2 posted on 10/20/2012 12:22:20 PM PDT by john drake
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To: jazusamo
I miss Bob Hope!
3 posted on 10/20/2012 12:34:00 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: john drake

I have no idea why the RNC surrender’s states, and doesn’t compete for them. I think the answer rests mainly with the truth that they have also surrendered Conservatism.

You can’t beat Leftists, with Leftist ideology. You walk away, because you have nothing to sell that hasn’t already been bought.

Here we are talking about needing to win 4 electoral votes in New Hampshire, and there are 55 in California and 20 in Illinois.

Conservatism is worthy of be hawked. Capitalism is worthy of being defended. I sure wish the RNC would evidence more belief in that.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 12:38:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: South40

You’re not the only one.

I have nothing but nice things to say about Sinise and what he’s been doing. I have a lot of respect for him. There is only one Bob Hope.

With regard to what he is doing with our troops, he has taken Bob Hope’s place, and I’m glad he has.

All the more power to the guy.

Thanks for the link.


5 posted on 10/20/2012 12:41:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: jazusamo

Ran into him (very briefly) at Kandahar Airfield. Cool guy. Got to meet Oliver North, too!


6 posted on 10/20/2012 12:41:50 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: South40
Amen to that...There was only one Bob Hope and that quite possibly is the best movie line ever. ;-)
7 posted on 10/20/2012 12:42:23 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

They had a Lt. Dan Band concert on TV sometime during the past couple of months. They did a segment about Gary Sinise. I was surprised to learn that his support for the military veterans went all the way back to his youthful “long hair” days when he was helping returning Vietnam veterans. IMHO, “Lt. Dan” is the real deal. A great American who really cares about helping returning veterans. God bless him. I was fortunate enough to catch a Bob Hope USO show while I was in uniform. I agree, Gary is the “new Bob Hope”. I’m still PO’d that he didn’t get the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Lt. Dan. Hollyweird ripped him off.


8 posted on 10/20/2012 12:42:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This is America! Being dead is no excuse not to vote!!!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

I’d love to meet both of them and like you say, I’ve read that both are great guys.


9 posted on 10/20/2012 12:44:37 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: DoughtyOne
It wasn't a swipe at Sinise, I'm sure he's doing great things for our troops. And I appreciate all he does. I'm of a different generation when Hope was the man.

There is a Memorial to Bob Hope here in San Diego. I've been there several times. That's the USS Midway in the background.

10 posted on 10/20/2012 12:47:30 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I couldn't agree more, he is a great American and genuinely cares for our troops and veterans.
11 posted on 10/20/2012 12:48:15 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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12 posted on 10/20/2012 12:51:54 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If I had a list of people I could meet —sort of a bucket list—before I die, Gary sould be on that list.

Also Benjamin Netanjahu.


13 posted on 10/20/2012 12:57:02 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: South40

No, I did not think you were slighting Sinise at all. I was trying to let folks know that I didn’t want to slight him by making it clear he’s just not Bob Hope.

He’s doing a very admirable job of taking Hope’s place though, and he deserves kudos for it.

BTW: That Hope Clip is so apropos right now.


14 posted on 10/20/2012 1:02:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: jazusamo

In “The Stand” he played a leader on the side of God against the devil.


15 posted on 10/20/2012 1:03:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DoughtyOne
That Hope Clip is so apropos right now.

Isn't it though? I posted it on Facebook and have since been unfriended by a brother and a niece. C'est la vie.

16 posted on 10/20/2012 1:06:04 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: cripplecreek

In “Ransom” he was the psycho cop.


17 posted on 10/20/2012 1:06:40 PM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: The people have spoken

Yeah he did a few real flop movies too. One that’s been running a lot lately is about a rescue trip to mars.

That one did have the redeeming quality of letting us watch Tim Robbins kill himself by opening his helmet in the vacuum of space.


18 posted on 10/20/2012 1:10:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: jazusamo

He’s not the new Bob Hope, he’s the same Gary Sinise that he’s always been. I saw Hope in the Med back in the 70’s. He was arrogant, un-funny, and basically went around with a “Look at me! I’m Bob Hope and I do this every Christmas. Ain’t I great?” attitude. Sinise, from what I’ve heard, is actually in awe of the veterans he visits and has nothing but respect for them. He does it out of a sense of service to those protecting our country. Hope did it so he could tape his Christmas special.


19 posted on 10/20/2012 1:14:17 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: jazusamo
Gary Sinise is a national treasure.
20 posted on 10/20/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: jazusamo

Bumpin’ it ta da MOON, Alice!


21 posted on 10/20/2012 2:37:49 PM PDT by redhead (Brought to you by the letter "O" and the number $16,000,000,000,000)
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To: redhead

Hiya Red, good to see you. I’ll help ya. ;-)


22 posted on 10/20/2012 2:45:32 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: DoughtyOne

“I have no idea why the RNC surrender’s states, and doesn’t compete for them.”

Ditto cities. Drives me nuts!


23 posted on 10/20/2012 4:19:14 PM PDT by Valin (I'm not completely worthless. I can be used as a bad example.)
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To: South40

I was checking out YouTube and found what may be a little better quality of the same clip. Check it out.

Sorry the whole famn damily doesn’t get it. Oh well...

Up the quality to 480.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6aA3fiwTs0&feature=related


24 posted on 10/20/2012 6:56:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: Valin

It’s part of the reason I detest the RNC so much.


25 posted on 10/20/2012 6:59:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fooled folks once didn't you. Revenge is spelled, "VOTE RED". You're going down donkeys...)
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To: DoughtyOne
That is better. Thanks!

As for the fam, most are sane, just a few with their heads up their butts. Interesting part is this small minority of liberal kooks consider themselves the smart ones and we're just not with it. Not a single one can tell me why they are going to vote for Obama, but they're the smart ones. :-)

26 posted on 10/20/2012 7:01:47 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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