Gary Sinise Sending Children Of Fallen Service Members To Disney World

Rob Hart
December 08, 2019 - 3:42 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Gary Sinise has been active in military and veterans causes for decades. 

So it's not really suprising that the Oscar-winning actor would treat the childen of fallen service members to a five-day stay at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. 

The Gary Sinise Foundation is partnering with American Airlines to cover the airfare for 1,700 relatives of deceased service members. 

Sinise, 64, told Fox 35 in Orlando that the children are coping with the loss of a parent or relative and that meeting up with others who are experiencing the same trauma can be a powerful experience.

On his foundation's web site, Sinise credited his portrayal of U.S. Army Lt. Dan Taylor in 1995's "Forrest Gump" with helping to form his "enduring connection" with servicemen and servicewomen throughout the military community. 

Sinise was born in Blue Island and attended Glenbard West and Highland Park high schools.  He was a founding member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company along with actors Jeff Perry and Terry Kinney.