Gary Sinise Talks Veteran Assistance Programs in Capitol File
During his interview with the publication, the "CSI: NY" actor chatted about the US veteran assistance system and working with veterans while directing "Tracers."
Check out a few highlights from Mr. Sinise's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Capitole File!
On wounded vets and the government:
"If you compare it to 40 years ago, it's better. But is it enough? No, never... It's a good thing there are a lot of nonprofits [serving veterans]. Where the government can't manage, citizens need to step forward."
On visiting disabled vets after "Forrest Gump":
"Three weeks after that movie opened, I was invited to visit some disabled veterans. And some of them didn't recognize me, or even know my real name. But when they realized that I had played Lt. Dan, they lit up and really opened up to me. They could related to me because[my character] had been blown up, too... Lt. Dan, the movie character, is a great message for these guys. In the end, his life doesn't crumble. He moves on, despite everything that has happened to him."
"I spent the three-week rehearsal and five weeks prior to that workshopping the screenplay by going to the VA and other war-related places, and I started to really connect [with military personnel]."
On his love for Washington DC:
"I love history and I love my country, and DC is a confluence of those passions... I go for those places you can only find in DC."
Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft for Capitol File