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Guest Post: Thanks, Lt. Dan! by Donna of My OBT


Thanks to Donna for this spotlight on the Gary Sinese Foundation. When the article first appeared on her blog, My OBT, I looked up Gary Sinese’s Foundation on Charity Navigator, where it earned a high recommendation, and I signed up to donate monthly. Our veterans and first responders deserve our support and our gratitude.


Photo: New York Post

In 1994, Gary Sinise was cast to play the memorable Lt. Dan in the blockbuster movie Forrest Gump. That role changed everything for him, not just in terms of his acting career, but also as a person. Though Sinise had never served himself, after the movie, he found himself being approached by service members – and especially veterans – who thanked him for his thoughtful portrayal of the character. Until that movie, wounded warriors were typically portrayed in movies as hopeless and broken. But though Lt. Dan went through a lot of tough things that really resonated with the veterans, his character was eventually able to make a new life for himself. What Sinise had been thinking of as a relatively small part in a Hollywood movie had brought hope to many of the veterans who saw it. The actor was moved by the soldiers’ stories, and wanted to do something to help, so he joined the USO. But he quickly realized that wasn’t enough; he knew he needed to do more.

From those unexpected beginnings came the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that raises money to help active military, veterans, first responders, and their families. Here are a few of the Foundation’s major programs and what they do:

  • RISE Program (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment): adapts/builds handicapped-accessible vehicles and homes to help wounded veterans with their particular physical challenges
  • HOPE Program (Heal, Overcome, Persevere, Excel): offers emotional and financial support to veterans experiencing trauma, emotional distress, and injury.
  • Snowball Express Program: creates a community of support for Gold Star families by gathering them together for trips and celebrations.
  • First Responders Outreach Program: provides funds, equipment, training, and wellness programs for U.S. firefighters, police, and EMTs.
  • Serving Heroes Program: cooks and serves homemade meals to soldiers at active military outposts to make them feel closer to home.

The Foundation also does plenty of community outreach on a smaller level, too. The organization hosts numerous festivals (including performances by the Lt. Dan Band) to support and celebrate our military and their families. And they’re not all talk, either. In 2018, 89.86% of every dollar contributed was applied directly to support military and their loved ones, earning them high marks among the agencies that rate not-for-profits.

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Guest Post: Veterans’ Day Feature – Raven Rock Glass by Donna of MyOBT


Thank you to Donna for this article acknowledging not only our military but also gorgeous stained glass design.


raven rock Dawn Jarrels/Raven Rock Glass

Happy Veterans’ Day! I’d like to say a big, warm, thank you to my military veteran readers. Today’s post is just for you!

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Video of the Day: Art Therapy for Vets


This video is from England, but there are many opportunities like this in the US. Google “veterans art therapy.”

To All the Veterans: Thank You for your Service


Monday Morning Wisdom #180

Monday Morning Wisdom #180

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

“Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.” — President John F. Kennedy

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” — Gen. George S. Patton

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” — Winston S. Churchill

“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.” — Claudia Pemberton

Found on military.com.

For All the Veterans


Thank you for your service.


In the Meme Time: For the Veterans

In the Meme Time: For the Veterans


us-armed-servicesThank you for your service.