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-- to FOX & Friends who could forget his -- was the memorable beloved lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump.
Thought -- sea legs.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yes I know that.
-- -- -- -- well captain Forrest yeah I had this is this for myself.
But now years later actor Gary Sinise continues to bring that -- to light off the screen spend countless hours giving back to our troops.
And their families this fourth of July he's launching the Gary Sinise foundation.
And releasing a new documentary about the lieutenant Dan -- yet.
Academy Award nominee that.
And supporter of the troops Gary Sinise joins us from Washington DC Gary great to have you here on FOX & Friends thanks so much.
Thank you -- good morning you've done an incredible amount for first responders veterans' issues in this country why start the foundation.
Well over the years I've gotten so busy with.
-- various charities that are out there are supporting our troops and I've been raising money and helping organizations.
Draw attention and awareness to what they're doing and in service to our country into our troops.
That I just I'm kind of at the point where I either back off from from the activity that I mean and they've been doing or -- -- up in some way.
And so I thought how can I ramp it up when I'm already you know.
You know about committed as I can be and starting a foundation an -- -- -- that I can actually draw more awareness through the website.
Through the foundation raise funds.
Seem like a logical next step -- -- keeping it under 11 umbrella he makes sense of at all makes sense.
You know we've had a number of veterans here on the show and one of the big concerns is they've returned from the war front.
It's a lot of their fellow servicemen and women have been suffering from PT SD depression in general unemployment.
And they feel that not a lot of attention is being -- on these issues and -- tried to do quite a bit about that here on FOX & Friends do you think these issues are getting enough attention.
That -- it's certainly better than.
You know if you compared to 3040 years ago when -- Vietnam veterans came hat back -- -- it's certainly better than that but you know while we while we're doing.
You know there are organizations out there that are -- trying to fill those gaps we can always do more for our veterans as far as I'm concerned I'm trying to.
Fill some of those gaps by going out and supporting organizations that are.
You know I have stepped up been you know.
Kind of -- you -- gotten stronger over the over the years in terms of there support for wounded warriors that children are fallen.
Mental health issues.
One not grief grief counseling.
But you know there's there's never going to be enough as long as we're deploying our troops to war zones and that expecting them to go.
Over and over and over again I mean how can they not be stressed.
Right so we have to just do what we can fill those gaps and that creating a foundation.
That I can you know funnel actual actual funds through it and also guide people to organizations that are trying to fill those gaps.
And inform not only the American citizens but also our soldiers our military that there are organizations out there that will.
That you can reach out to for help if you just look in the right places but.
We can always do more.
We can always do more one of the things -- watching on the side of the screen as you were just discussing that in years and in your missions over they're going to Afghanistan visiting the troops in the front line is this new documentary lieutenant Dan band for the common good is the name of it which will also be released.
What does the common thread that you see when you talk to the men and women in uniform.
I've met extraordinary.
Extraordinary people serving in the military have been actively involved -- with veterans groups.
And veterans' issues since the early eighties.
When I got involved with a group of Vietnam veterans at a Chicago area and then I did -- it's gone but I got involved with the Disabled American Veterans now I've been very very busy with.
Active duty service members -- since 9/11.
And you know wherever I go and they there they're strong -- -- resilient there again doing their job but again.
We amassed a lot of this military in the last ten years and we you know we aren't expanding the military to accommodate this thing where.
Requiring these service members to keep redeploying over and over again that said that says stressful on them and their families well -- what both of our web sites lieutenant Dan band movie dot com and Gary -- foundation on our foxnews.com website have a great fourth of July holiday -- -- always great to see you thanks so much more fun.
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