Building for America's Heroes
Actor Gary Sinise on his foundation's work
- Duration 5:36
- Date Mar 13, 2012
Actor Gary Sinise on his foundation's work
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-- Gary Sinise is now joining with the families of 9/11 victims to build specially adapted to Smart homes.
For our most seriously wounded US service members the project is called building for America's bravest.
It is joint project of the Gary Sinise foundation and -- Stephen -- a tunnel to towers foundation.
They've built eleven home so far this year in the process and more on the drawing board joining me now.
Gary Sinise and -- seller chairman of the tunnel to towers foundation guys thank you so much for being here and -- and what an honor.
-- gala -- here because you you -- on the program before talking about this why isn't this what you mean with all your celebrity higher power and money.
Why is this what you've chosen to put your time to.
Well various reasons I've been involved -- Disabled veterans since I played 19 years ago and in a movie.
In the mid ninety's and -- -- -- and force him or.
Lieutenant Dan Moses and disabled veteran I got involved with the DAV Disabled American Veterans organization -- been supporting them for many many years.
I have veterans in my family.
Respect for our veterans do for us and then after September 11 we started deploying.
People -- getting hurt and I have very very actively involved with the sporting military charities in and doing what I could to try to help keep them strong and we've partnered up.
-- -- foundation and tunnel to towers foundation to try to do something for our wounded and build these homes.
Form and break your brother Steve -- -- -- was lost on 9/11.
Try to run toward the danger running through the tunnels.
Because he couldn't make it after his vehicle stopped.
Just just just trying to get through to see people's lives he wound up losing his own.
You are now working to build homes for our most wounded veterans.
Because a lot of these guys were wounded trying to fight these wars.
Afghanistan in particular that was started in the wake of that devastation on 9/11 -- -- Actually right in this room that's why -- foundation has evolved.
To what we're doing now you know we know that world war because what happened to -- Stephen but over 3000 people that -- -- lost it was a tremendous plus for our country.
All men and women have picked up the torch since then and have made.
Tremendous sacrifice for us so many of them -- -- coming home but the ones that are coming home not a severely injured I think it is our responsibility as civilians here.
To make sure that we take care of them the proper way and this is the least that we can go so we're very proud of -- what we're doing.
Have a place to live these homes cost a lot of money between 500000 a million bucks.
-- you're working to raise money.
-- you can build that we ask -- -- -- is it hard is it hard.
Meaning these guys and finding a starting point to help them rebuild.
Their homes their lives their morale.
What's difficult is -- fact that there's so many.
And thankfully there are other homebuilding projects out there they're trying to to fill the gaps and make sure that that we take care of these wounded warriors what we've chosen to do we have over forty triple amputees.
And we focus our tension in the past.
A couple years on the quadruple amputees that we have they obviously have special needs.
We're lucky that we have Smart home technology guys that work with the local architects and they come -- they design these homes specifically.
For the needs of the wounded warrior and they're they have very very severe injuries they obviously have special needs so.
Coming into houses is it is it is difficult you know just any any house of these -- homes -- Designed to make their lives more manageable and we we've chosen.
Ten more years this year.
The thing about what we do is I go in and not play a concert to rally the communities around -- that the wounded warrior so that you -- not only are we building a house together.
But we're trying to inform the community.
In a way that they can help to support this this wounded warrior as life goes on once he gets ahead -- C gets -- at home the community has to take sort of responsible.
And for people who feel like that they they they feel uncomfortable you know I mean a quadruple amputees and has to makes people feel comfortable because.
They feel such pain in such heartache looking at somebody else's pain -- -- can make some turn away.
How do you get past that to where you say I'm not gonna turn when I'm gonna help well -- -- you meet them there incredible.
-- people but just that they join the service and protect the country music incredible people.
But -- every one of they would do over again they all say that this is what they wanted to do.
They want to put that life in their body on the line.
And they did and they paid a big price and so when you meet them.
They're remarkable human beings and that's the least that we can do is go to rally together and make sure we give -- pages are at some of these people is asking and if so what were the most amazing they're -- you've done.
And I always say -- he's got all about it -- because they they were few as a human being thing they can remember everything that's important in this fight from.
Either way you think you're too busy to help people like our wounded veterans take a look at Gary Sinise is like.
But odds are -- CSI New York.
Playing lieutenant Dan band going around we're going to be -- -- foundation dot org you can make a donation to that organization -- to tunnel to towers.
-- dot org.
And help out this very worthy cause gentlemen thank you both.
So much we get the concert April 27 to Brooklyn College April 27 Brooklyn College -- there -- can donate if you can't we appreciate it.