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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hollywood star Gary Sinise just opened up about why he has devoted so much of his time to helping veterans, and to lament the fact that many of his peers in the entertainment industry have politicized honoring the military.

Sinise has helped thousands of war veterans through The Gary Sinise Foundation, and he just told TIME that he does not see helping the military as a partisan matter.

“How have our defenders become a political issue? They defend us all. They are us all,” said the Forrest Gump star. “There are Democrats who serve our country, there are Republicans who serve our country.”

Sinise is saddened by the fact that Americans aren’t doing more to help our country’s 20.4 million veterans and 1.3 million active duty members. He explained that while he understands that many Americans can’t afford to donate time or money to this cause, there are still things that they can do to help our veterans feel loved and appreciated.

“I know that not everybody can get on an airplane and go over to a hospital in Germany or travel to war zones or do all the things that I’m doing,” Sinise said. “[But] if everybody in every neighborhood, in every community, in every city, in every town, and in every state took a little bit of responsibility to reach out to the military families and say, ‘What do you need? What can I do to help you?’, the problems that veterans have [would be] minimized.”

There was a time many years ago during World War II when Hollywood was united in helping and honoring our nation’s veterans and members of the military. In the decades since then, however, Hollywood has become increasingly anti-military. These days, most leftwing Hollywood stars completely ignore military service members, instead choosing to devote their time to bashing President Donald Trump.

This is why it’s so refreshing to see a Hollywood star like Sinise use his platform to help veterans. We need more people in Hollywood like Gary Sinise!

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