H/T US Hearld.

Gary Sinise is a true patriot.

Perhaps your first recollection of actor Gary Sinise was watching spellbound in a darkened theater his performance of Lt. Dan Taylor, the commanding officer in the blockbuster movie ”Forrest Gump.” The hard-nosed soldier who’s lineage of warriors dated back to the American Revolution, and dying in combat had long become an expected family tradition until faith plays a cruel joke, and “Lt. Dan” awakens in a field hospital, and suddenly realizes he’s alive however minus is legs.

In one gripping scene sitting in a wheelchair in a flophouse he growls: “I should have died out there with my men, but now, I’m nothing but a goddamn cripple, a legless freak!”

His critically acclaimed performance as an actor within that pivotal role touched something deep within him and today “Lt. Dan” and actor Gary Sinise are almost difficult to tell apart.

Moreover since that faithful day in 2001 when America was brutally attacked actor and patriot Sinise has performed for the troops in military bases all across America and around the world, his band dubbed the “Lt. Dan Band” along with his Gary Sinise Foundation to help “defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families” by “creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”

And now this patriot is being acknowledged for his selfless service to his country and being awarded “highest award for distinguished public service,” according to the Military Times.

The Marshall Medal as referenced by the United States Army is awarded for “selfless service to the United States of America” in “more than one area or under extraordinary circumstances.”

Through his foundation Sinise provides a number of critical services and programs dedicated to those most in need, his program “R.I.S.E. helps build homes specifically designed for those severely wounded veterans, another program dubbed “Soaring Valor, helps WWII veterans with special financing to travel to the National Museum in New Orleans, and pay their respects to those who served during WWII, and the foundation also provides complete support to those recovering from trauma, dubbed ‘Relief & Resiliency Outreach.”

n a statement Sinise acknowledged the tribute saying; “I am honored to be invited to receive the George Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the United States Army.It has been a great blessing to know there is something I can do to support the men and women in uniform who defend our nation and I will look forward to expressing my gratitude in person at the Marshall Dinner.”

The event is slated for October 11th in Washington, D.C.