PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Some know him best for his role as Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump, but veterans and service members know Gary Sinise for so much more.
Sinise was in Portsmouth Saturday performing with his group the Lt. Dan Band. The money raised from the concert goes to Sinise's charity that builds homes for disabled veterans.
Sinise says everyone could do more to help veterans, especially agencies like the Veterans Administration.
"It's a big bureaucracy over there and it seems like a lot of paper shuffling," said Sinise. "All around the country people are trying to get some of the things and get some of the help they deserve. They have to fight for it too much, and that's not right. We need to fight for them."
Gunnery Sergeant David Post says Sinise's attitude is inspirational for service members.
"I read a little about the background of his band and how he supports the USO, and it's really inspiring," said Post. "I hope one day I've gotten so much from people helping me.. I hope I can give back like he did."
Sinise said playing the role of a disabled veteran in Forrest Gump inspired him to help service members and their families.
By the end of this year, his foundation will have completed or broken ground on 25 Smart Homes for disabled veterans.
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