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In the back of the book segment tonight the Hollywood star Gary Sinise has devoted enormous amounts of money and time to help servicemen and their families around the world.
If you raising money for injured war -- tonight eleven responders -- his band are performing for the troops stationed in the Middle East and around the world.
Now he's starting a foundation to continue his work and kicking it all off for the documentary about his -- good deeds.
I spoke -- Gary yesterday.
So -- July Florence that Gary -- foundation launches tell us about it.
Well thanks for having me on now Laura it -- -- foundation I started because I've I've been so involved that doing all kinds of things on multiple fronts in support of our troops -- first responders.
Veterans their families we have.
Children of the fallen and wounded warriors as so many things I'm involved in right now and I I -- got to the point whereas I thought well.
I mean they're gonna pull back -- ramped up in some way and -- -- -- rampant up when I'm already.
Spread so thin so I decided to set the start the foundation in order to.
Point people in the right direction with regards to organizations that I'm already supporting.
They're doing good work out there in support of our troops and also to be able -- some resources.
Can take in some additional resources so that we can continue doing programs creating programs in supporting programs that.
Are doing good things for our -- -- that aren't there what's the website -- is an address twice Gary Sinise foundation dot org.
This closet these -- -- -- so but -- -- that a lot of people don't know how the lieutenant Dan band start can you missed.
Briefly tell us that story again because that propels us -- the documentary.
Right now and the documentary.
It's called lieutenant Dan band for the common good I have a band part of my mission to support our warriors and first responders and folks like that is to take my band around and -- kind of lift the morale place and concerts.
Either raise money or just raise morale.
When I started.
Going on USO tour is I would shake hands and take pictures I asked him if I could take some musicians -- -- they said okay.
The troops always -- -- lieutenant Dan so I just when -- that and said let's call lieutenant Dan band.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yes I know that and then a friend of mine.
Documentary filmmaker asked if he could document some of that some of the trips I was making so he followed me around with a camera crew.
For about eighteen months -- I took him to various events and military bases that I visited took him to Iraq.
And he ended up with from you know hundreds of thousands of feet of footage and that put this beautiful documentary together.
You want to have a lot of down on stage she wanted the children coming up.
He knew it was really kids.
-- -- pretty rough go of it.
Apparent in the war and we want to mention -- they leave feeling better than talent -- -- okay.
Gary I know you've done 400.
Concerts which I'm trying to get my mind -- -- 400 -- concerts around the world is that accurate.
That might be an exaggeration there's there's hundreds certainly hundreds of -- -- -- -- -- -- that -- but we've we've been nonstop.
I you know I'm on television every week.
-- I'm shooting my show five days a week and then.
-- get on a plane got out of weekends we go to bases all around this country this this year we're doing now sixteen USO shows alone that's that's Java USO.
And then we go out and we do charity concerts for from -- military organization so probably play about forty shows a year.
And Gary I think -- -- couple people who I know personally who when they go on a military base.
They spent time of the troops the troops all gravitate toward them -- it's always give -- the commander in chief.
And Molly Norris the two of Leo I mean -- it you guys like -- -- -- -- you guys around is that I'll get the great treatment that they are different because -- -- imagine your name and I I guess get NN I go to Camp Pendleton.
I'm a friend of -- as I get him and -- -- -- Florida good.
I'm a friend it's amazing isn't it just you just totally pave the way when I did I decide this I thank you I think -- half all that.
-- Reilly factor viewers.
You carry the load for a lot of people I thanked him and many entertainment industry and -- get some help from your friends in the entertainment industry.
I think a lot of us wish there were a lot more people like you who have your platform.
Your face your voice and and your identity I think it just means a lot of people and it's a great inspiration.
Thank you so much -- -- look I've been blessed I know where freedom comes from.
A lot of people are sacrificing for it.
We all remember what happened to our Vietnam veterans when they came from more we don't want to have to happen again which you know for gonna.
Go in service to our country and going to dangerous places we have to take care of them before the battle during the battle and after the battle.
-- very great to CEO is always have a wonderful Independence Day.
And I can't wait to see a lieutenant Dan band and the documentary also just the band not really sound like anorexia -- some.
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