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This Celebrity Ditched Hollywood for Heroes

by Alex Kiriakides

Gary Sinise, otherwise known as Lt. Dan in the world-famous Forrest Gump film, has spent years serving America’s veterans.

Sinise has been serving veterans for many years now, and his foundation recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

According to the foundation’s website, its mission is to “serve 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.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation has been around since 2011 and recently revealed a new and exciting project.

The Oscar-nominated actor unveiled a new project dubbed The Avalon Network, which aims to provide treatment and care for veterans experiencing addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The network’s goal is to establish 20 treatment sites across the nation to serve not only veterans but also first responders and their families.

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The Good News Network reports, “about 30% of first responders in the U.S. are dealing with depression and post-traumatic stress, and 1 in 3 veterans have suffered from mental health and brain issues since 2001.”

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Sinise is looking to build on the work of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and the Boulder Crest Foundation’s Warrior PATHH program, which are both growth-based programs for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, specifically vets and first responders.

Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus says, “We’ve lost more veterans to suicide than we have on the battlefields of the Global War on Terror,” he adds, “Our veterans and their families put their lives on the line for us and they deserve the highest level of care available.”

Marcus is among other philanthropists that have invested enormous sums of money in laying the groundwork for this new project.

Arthur Blank is another co-founder of Home Depot working to get the ball rolling on The Avalon Network.

In a statement, Blank said, “We’ve found the perfect partner in the Gary Sinise Foundation to scale this idea into a national network that will provide cutting-edge care and improve the quality of life for our nation’s heroes in one of the most critical times in our history,”.

Since 2003, Gary Sinise has contributed hundreds of personal appearances and concerts on military bases in Iraq and worldwide.

He has helped to raise millions of dollars and donate his own money to help give back to military personnel and their families.

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