One Day Before Oscars, Hollywood Regular Was Given award by Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Beloved "Forrest Gump" actor and veteran advocate Gary Sinise was reportedly honored with the Patriots Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s (CMHS) highest civilian honor, due to his charitable efforts toward military service members and veterans, according to The Hill.
Sinise was given the award at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Ventura County, California, according to a local NBC station.
"According to the Department of Defense, the CMHS is comprised of a group of members who have received the Medal of Honor," The Hill reported. "The society presents the Patriot Award every year to “those persons, who through their life’s work, have distinguished themselves as Americans who are dedicated to freedom and the ideals represented,” the department states."
The Gary Sinise Foundation was launched years ago with mission of working to support all servicemen, veterans, and their families, including making sure that their children have a chance to see Disney World.
The foundation made headlines when he did just that, taking over 600 families of fallen soldiers to Disney World in 2018.
According to the longtime actor, his role in "Forrest Gump" seems to have reached the veterans of today:
“Even though he’s a Vietnam veteran, I have just met hundreds, if not thousands, of wounded who have some affinity with what Lieutenant Dan has gone through, because they’re going through the same thing themselves,” Sinise said.