Gary Sinise is planning a benefit concert for March 1, but it still needs approval. The “CSI: New York” star is expected to ask Temecula City Council if he can hold a benefit concert to build a home for a Marine who lost his limbs in Afghanistan.
Sinise is no stranger to the difficulties that soldiers face. He played a soldier who lost his limbs in the film “Forrest Gump” and runs a foundation which has built several homes for wounded veterans. But before that role, he already had a passion for military service and the needs of those who are injured while serving.
His work with veterans began in the early 1980s when he worked with Vietnam veterans and put on a play while he was the Artistic Director of the Steppenwolf Theater. Not only did he work with veterans, but his family is filled with military service men and women.
Sinise will be asking the city council if his rock group, the Lt. Dan Band, can play to benefit a wounded veteran in early March. His band was named in honor of the character he played in “Forrest Gump.” He plans to raise funds at the concert to give to Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez who lost his legs and right arm in 2010 in Sangin, Afghanistan
According to the LA Times, Sinise said in a statement that the concert will, “recognize the heroism, sacrifice and dedication Juan has displayed.”
The benefit, if approved by city council, will take place at Town Square Plaza.
The Gary Sinise Foundation works with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to make specially equipped homes for veterans wounded in action. Both foundations have worked together over the years to make several such homes for wounded veterans. Hopefully, the city council will give Sinise the thumbs up to help raise funds for a home for Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez.