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Gary Sinise Brings Smiles To Nebraska Veterans By Surprising Them With Thanksgiving Meals

Gary Sinise Brings Smiles To Nebraska Veterans By Surprising Them With Thanksgiving Meals

Gary Sinise, who is known for being one of the kindest celebrities in Hollywood, arranged for Thanksgiving meals for veterans in the Victory Park apartment complex in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although Gary Sinise played the role of a Vietnam veteran, Lieutenant Dan Taylor, in the hit movie Forrest Gump for only a few months in 1993, the reality of their lives post-service hit the actor hard. Thus, he began his selfless journey of helping out the heroes who risked their lives in order to protect the country. His latest effort has won over the internet's heart again. Sinise, who is known for being one of the kindest celebrities in Hollywood, arranged for Thanksgiving meals for veterans in the Victory Park apartment complex in Lincoln, Nebraska.


 
 
 
 
 
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"To our nation’s Veterans," read a part of a lengthy Instagram post he wrote. "When I think about you all, those who have served this great country, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. It is because of you and your willingness to do the heavy lifting to defend our Republic that we live in the land of the free." He added, "Veterans Day is always a special day...Today I think about the men and women who have sacrificed so much. The ones who suffer silently, the wounded, the ones who feel lost and alone...I’ve learned over the many years that simply showing up with an appreciative handshake and acknowledging their service matters to me made a big difference in the lives of our veteran’s and active duty service members and at Gary Sinise Foundation it’s our honor to serve and honor the needs of our veteran’s, and to have the support of the American people in this mission."



 

 

Now Victory Park is an apartment complex that is built on the redeveloped VA campus. It houses homeless veterans and provides services to help them get back on their feet. The resident war and conflict veterans are as young as 22 and as old as 74. Property manager Samantha Garcia was extremely thankful for the star's sweet gesture. "It means a lot that he is recognizing them. They sometimes feel forgotten, especially as they get older," she said according to KPVI. "With Gary being active with veterans himself, it means a lot coming from him." The meals meant so much more than just sweet potatoes or pumpkin pies for the residents, who felt a sense of community that comes with it. "I myself am in the service, I just feel like its really important to give back to those who come before us and pay homage and help these guys out," shared Emil Jacobsen, one of the volunteers serving the meals at Victory Park according to ABC Nebraska.



 

 

Jacobsen, who is in the Air Force, was only one of a dozen volunteers who were giving out free meals there. "It's very important, especially with all of the Holidays coming up we have to make sure everyone knows we are here for each other," noted Jacobsen. Thanks to the 66-year-old that 78 veterans got to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal and Garcia is no stranger to the actor's generous efforts. "That’s how most people know him but he does a lot, if anyone knows about him he does a lot for veterans and other people," said Garcia.



 

 

Although Sinise couldn't be there himself to celebrate the day with them, the food he arranged did manage to bring smiles and the holiday spirit to the veterans living at Victory Park, who might not have a family to celebrate it with. "Sometimes we take that for granted. We have our family but some of these guys don’t. So seeing something like a person, a meal, a 'hi' anything like that can help out a lot. A meal though food always goes good with everyone," explained Garcia. This wasn't the only donation that Sinise made this Thanksgiving but distributed dozens of meals to a VA facility in Omaha. 

References:

https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/actor-donates-thanksgiving-meal-to-lincoln-veterans/article_499ace99-94ac-5068-8564-698cfecf59b5.html

https://nebraska.tv/news/local/gary-sinise-donates-dozens-of-meals-to-veterans-in-lincoln

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Theo Wargo

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