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Gary Sinise treats wounded veterans to Disneyland

Actor Gary Sinise took 50 veterans on trip to California as part of his non-profit foundation.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   March 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM   |   Comments

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March 1 (UPI) -- Actor Gary Sinise treated 50 wounded veterans to a three-day trip to California, which included a visit to Disneyland.

After playing the "Forrest Gump" character of Lt. Dan Taylor, who loses both his legs in the movie, Sinise has made it a mission to help disabled veterans and their loved ones.

"There's something different about this part," Sinise said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I've walked into so many hospital rooms and they look at me and they think I know what they're going through."

He started the Gary Sinise Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for veteran causes.

As part of the trip, Sinise treated the 50 veterans, who were each allowed to bring one guest, to Disneyland, Paramount Studios and meetings with Tim Allen and Tom Hanks.

"After the injuries and all that, it feels like you can't go out in the world anymore," said Staff Sgt. Michael Irish. "All you want to do is be in a dark room and just sleep it off… and now with Gary and his organization helping us… to have fun and be yourself, that's very important to all of us."

[ABC News]

[Fox News]

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