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We'll two former DOJ attorneys now alleging that the Department of Justice is not enforcing the law.
That protects the voting rights of military men and women serving overseas.
The DOJ denies that accusation but senator John Cornyn -- Texas.
Is demanding answers and is set to meet with officials from the Department of Justice about the matter this week.
Actor Gary Sinise is an outspoken supporter of the troops and has a very special project in the works right now.
To help them and he is my guest right now Gary thank you so much for being here.
Thank you Graham and -- I -- get to this project that you've been working on tirelessly in just once again the first is when I ask you about this news because.
It just our -- -- -- following this essentially.
The Department of Justice is supposed to enforce the law that requires absentee ballots that our troops used to vote -- in the mid term elections.
They're supposed to get those ballots mailed out to them at least 45 days before the time -- boast about.
And several states are not in compliance and the DOJ is supposed to be the one.
Requiring the states to comply so they're not disenfranchised just because -- overseas fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The accusation is -- the DOJ is not enforcing that law.
Is not interested in enforcing that line -- in filing any lawsuits to enforce that law something the DOJ.
Denies but now it's sitting down with a powerful Texas senator to try to convince him.
That it is about obeying -- -- Gary you're you're reaction to the thought I mean the allegation at least as it stands at this point that our department justice may not be protecting.
The right to vote of those who are sacrificing blood and treasure to protect that right.
Well -- they have that's true then we got to get to the bottom -- and make sure it's fix -- -- you like you say you've got people denying that it's.
That it's true but.
For various reasons.
People suspect that that that might not be the case so I'm glad that somebody is looking into that because you know obviously these are American citizens are fighting for our country and they deserve.
Every right that everybody else -- thing they've got to be able to vote so let's hope we get to the bottom of that.
And not just that that they -- I think everybody would agree that they deserve our support when they get back home and too often.
We forget about that a -- comeback in as you know so many of them are disabled.
Have been I have been really traumatized by the experiences they've had over there.
And you decided.
To do something about -- you've done a lot to protect to help -- and support our military before this but you've got a very special project underway now Gary tells about it.
Well I'm in a involved with a lot of various veterans groups and wounded wounded warrior groups one.
The very first quadruple amputee that we have who was who severely injured last in April of 2009 his name is Brendan Morocco.
He lost both arms and both legs in a bombing.
He was actually the first that that was.
You know lost all four limbs and what we're gonna do -- in Staten Island he's from Staten Island.
And there's a group called building homes for heroes.
And also the Stephen seller.
Children's foundation and they've teamed up together to build.
This particular wounded warrior specially designed home and so what what I'm gonna do is come to Staten Island on August 21 -- -- haven't.
A benefit concert I have abandoned Gary Sinise and the lieutenant Dan band we do a lot of concerts for the troops in various military charities and I'm donating the band.
On August -- -- first in Staten Island to to raise money to build Brendan specially designed home.
You know you look at forget your performance.
In Forrest -- as lieutenant Dan.
And of course that that character you played.
Was missing his legs and unfortunately for this hero.
It's not a movie role he's actually lost his legs and his arms and although I'm told that -- -- he's learning to walk again special prosthetic legs and is hoping.
Perhaps for arm transplant but in the meantime.
This is taking that the help of so many people try to build him this special house.
Apparently last I heard Gary this is back in April but you still needed to raise 500000 dollars how much money still needs to be raised to get this house built.
For this war hero.
Quite a quite a -- needs to be raised we have a -- -- we're doing very well their tickets that are still available for -- -- -- concert but if you go to the building homes for heroes website you can donate there anybody around the country can donate.
And Brandon is a special case he lost he lost two arms and two legs unfortunately.
Since since then we've had.
A few more catastrophic.
And injuries such as Brandon.
So great groups like building homes for heroes so it's one of several groups that are out there trying to build specially designed homes for -- severely.
I'm disabled warriors.
-- and -- that's taking up the charge and they're gonna do it.
I'll ask you this because sometimes you hear a story like pregnant and it makes you feel uncomfortable you know -- he's a quadruple amputee sometimes people don't like to look at the reality of what war can do.
And it's just easier to turn the channel think of something else donate to some other cause -- just put it out of your mind to those people you say what.
Well I'm these are these are volunteer defenders and you know I've just.
Take it had taken up.
You know the charge here to try to do -- what I can to help these folks that I've been I've been on bases all around the world I continue to visit the hospitals all around the world -- in and in Germany and -- has and Palo Alto San Diego Brooke Army Medical Center.
Just trying to make sure that these folks who are defending us voluntarily -- mean they they do sign up.
Nobody they -- drafted or anything like that we we have a volunteer service so they go -- the service.
They get sent somewhere and very dangerous they get hurt.
And I just feel an obligation to try to help them.
Not through these difficult times you know we have caregivers that have to spend the rest of their lives as well taking care of these severely injured soldiers who have.
In service to our country.
I'm also involved with something -- the American veterans disabled for life memorial foundation.
Where we're building a memorial in Washington DC to honor all our disabled veterans from all wars and -- we have three million.
Disabled veterans in this country and nothing that.
Kind of pace pays tribute to that sacrifice.
I just have a little -- -- just.
Important thing but I want to ask you how involved in this I mean.
Does it relate to nearer to your role as a disabled veteran that you play was at the start a better -- does this go back much further for you.
I've been involved with veterans groups for many many years -- Vietnam veterans and my -- I -- on my wife's side might.
My uncles were more -- to my dad was in the navy.
I got involved with the Disabled American Veterans the DAV when I did Forrest Gump I played lieutenant Dan and I got a call from the VAV and they asked -- come to -- national convention and and I've been involved with them ever sense so wounded wounded soldiers this is something I feel.
I'm just very very passionate about trying to help them through these difficult.
Times nobody could pick a more worthy cause.
Listen we look forward to that concert August and we look forward.
To seeing that house get built by community come together and lieutenant Dan band.
Thank you sir --
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