Actor Gary Sinise visits CSRA veterans, plays with his Lt. Dan Band

FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - Gary Sinise played the famous role of Lieutenant Dan, an emotionally tortured and disabled veteran in the movie, Forrest Gump. Sinise is also well known for his starring role on CSI: New York.

But when he isn't filming, he visits military communities like Fort Gordon because the people who serve our country matter to him.

"I know where my freedom comes from and I don't take it for granted. I have veterans in my family. I have Vietnam veterans on my wife's side, on my side of the family," Sinise told Fox54.

Thursday evening, Sinise spent his night entertaining the CSRA as he played guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, the group named after his Forrest Gump character. And he had a busy day, visiting veterans and members of the military community.

"If somebody like me can visit them, pat them on the back and say thank you and show my support that's the least I can do," Sinse, said.

Through the Sinise Foundation, an organization which aims to honor our nation's uniformed heroes they performed the free concert for thousands of folks at Fort Gordon; and they have done the same thing for thousands more across the United States and for our troops serving overseas.

Sinise said, "I've been to so many different bases and military events and war zones and different things and I think I know when they see somebody they recognize that it can make a difference," Sinise continued saying, ""I see lots of smiling faces out there, I know it's making a difference and that the entertainment is providing a bit of a morale boost and people are having a good time, that's a good feeling."

Sinise tells Fox54 his schedule won't allow him to visit our troops serving overseas this year, but he hopes to visit them again next year.

Video credits: Forrest Gump and CSI: New York