Gary Sinise Helps Troops Through Music
New documentary highlights Lt. Dan Band
- Duration 5:14
- Date Jul 18, 2011
New documentary highlights Lt. Dan Band
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Academy Award winning actor Gary Sinise is well known for -- -- -- -- character of lieutenant Dan in the blockbuster movie Forrest Gump.
And now he's he's never sought the support our troops and first responders it's it's a documentary.
Called lieutenant Dan band.
For the common good and lieutenant Dan band is hard to say here is -- thank you very much for joining us first of all.
But the band is very interesting -- -- on the website and -- you've got a pretty hot band there how it went together.
Oh about ten years now the -- got to -- I started playing with a buddy of mine in that.
Chicago about 1997.
We just get together.
And and Sharon doing USO -- -- shortly after September 11 and eventually asked the US so they let me take some musician remain on the tour and they did we set up our first tour -- we've been that touring ever since playing.
Probably thirty or forty shows a year maybe 75%.
Of them -- For military or military related organizations that are doing good things and support our troops out there.
No -- this documentary.
Well like I said I -- I was doing a lot of -- support work visiting troops planned for them around the world and now buddy of mine found out about it -- -- filmmaker Jonathan floor and he asked me if he could follow.
Follow us around a little bit and document it.
I wasn't quite sure.
How I felt about that but -- let him come to show that we did for something called snowball express.
So much -- Brings together the children of our fallen.
Warriors and gets them together and give them a good time and and that kind of thing and really -- the children bond with each other and that was that was -- while ago and I brought him to one of those concerts -- Film what I was doing with the kids there and it's very emotional obviously and he got.
He -- -- hooked on that right away and asked -- to go on other tours with me and and ended up with thousands and thousands of fearful -- footage and put this beautiful little documentary it together that you can watch online -- actually go to LT Dan -- movie dot com.
And until the end of the month you can stream meant death for four dollars and one out of every four dollars will go to.
My AM foundation -- -- -- foundation which is set up to support military families first responders.
You know service members and veterans in general.
I'm Dan -- was this.
Warren added the nine -- project or not that the 9/11 tragedy was it something that you thought you needed to deal work is -- -- have a kind of separate.
Well I am.
I -- him all the veterans for many many years I have veterans in my family -- Have been involved with a Disabled American Veterans since I did force come back in the mid ninety's.
And then September 11 happened I just felt it was important to do something for our active duty troops and you know I started visiting them all over the world and shaken hands and taking pictures with them and they were bombing lieutenant -- all the time just when I started.
Taken a van with me and we needed a name and I just you know kind of -- went bad lieutenant Dan band.
Yeah what is it out of character that -- characters.
You know the military seems to relate to the character he's somebody who's.
You know he's kind of resilience and then something happens to -- he gets up and began then and keeps on god and you know it's a popular movie people see in all the time and collapse.
I just went with it.
Why not why how -- what did you rattled off with a film overseas and with in the United States.
Yet if you if you watch the mobile C you see trips around the country I do a lot of time on television every week on CSI New York so.
Going overseas all the time is a little bit difficult but I do go out on weekends quite often three or four times and sometimes three or four times a month.
And visit the troops and play for them and some of those concerts are in -- movie there is one trip over to Iraq that I cut -- just by myself and Jonathan follow me with a camera and and -- you get to see what handshake tour -- life -- them.
I'm involved with firefighters in New York I am very very good friends with several.
Members the FDNY and and retired members -- the FDNY and and we kind of -- some of that in there September 11 was real catalyst for some of this.
You know busy work that I'm doing in support of our first responders and troops and and the more I did the more I've done.
The more I get involved with great organizations out there that are doing a lot of good in support of our military families and first responders and you get to meet a lot of these people through the film so I encourage everybody out there listening to go to LT -- -- movie dot com.
And stream a movie you can that you can do that until the end of the month.
And then after that you'll be able to get the dvd and you know it's all for a good cause.