Gary Sinise (Photo courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation)
Gary Sinise may be best known for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, but in the 25 years since the Oscar-winning film's debut, he's leveraged his stardom to give back to the military and veterans community through the Gary Sinise Foundation.
It’s been 24 years since Forrest Gump met Lt. Dan and got the same sage advice that so many fresh troops before and after have received from on high: “Change your socks.” In the years that followed his iconic role, Gary Sinise has become a well-known figure in the military and veteran communities, thanks to his advocacy on behalf of service members and their families.
DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas L. Rosprim
Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Ross has had 240 surgeries since a 2011 improvised explosive device left him injured in Afghanistan. The attack cost Ross both his legs, and he was given a 2% chance of survival, but he persevered.