Since Veterans Day was the other day, we want to take a minute to highlight a North American® partner making a big impact on Our Nation’s veterans. North American proudly became the official moving partner of the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2014, and what an amazing and inspiring experience it has been!
In 2011, Gary Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders and their families. Sinise believes as citizens, supporting the heroes of our nation is a responsibility each of us must carry. The Gary Sinise Foundation does just that through a variety of programs, and works to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten. For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. The band aims to raise spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide. Through the foundation’s Invincible Spirit Festivals, the team is boosting the morale at military medical centers across the country. The daylong celebrations provide an escape from the rigors of rehabilitation for the hospital’s patients, staff and families. The Relief & Resiliency Outreach program is providing complete support to those recovering from trauma, injury and loss during times of urgent need.
The Sinise Foundation is also providing financial support and training to America’s firefighters, police departments and EMTs through its First Responders Outreach program. Serving Heroes is a program providing hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. The Arts & Entertainment Outreach program now includes the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge. In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation began building specially adapted custom smart homes for American veterans that have suffered life-altering injuries through its partner program. Each home is designed to meet the needs of the specific service member recipient and their family, and features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In 2013, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.
In 2015, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum. The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum and documents their first-hand accounts of the war for future generations. The Gary Sinise Foundation mission to never stop serving our nation’s heroes and families is deep rooted and continues to make a difference with new and existing programs. For more information, head to the Gary Sinise website or check out this video about the organization.
“The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”– President Calvin Coolidge
To learn more about our involvement with the Gary Sinise Foundation and their R.I.S.E. program, GO HERE.