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For his charitable work with veterans and first-responders, actor Gary Sinise will receive a Bradley Award, including a $250,000 stipend that he will donate to his Gary Sinise Foundation, the organization said Tuesday.
Sinise, who stars on the CBS series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor, a double amputee, in Forrest Gump, will receive the award from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation during a June 15 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Sinise, an accomplished bass guitarist, routinely visits U.S. troops overseas, oftentimes with The Lt. Dan Band, a cover band that he co-founded in 2004.
He has served as the spokesman in the effort to build the Americans Disabled for Life Memorial and has raised funds for the Pentagon Memorial in Wasnington and the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in New York.
“We recognize Gary Sinise for his philanthropy and civic engagement,” said Bradley Foundation CEO Michael Grebe. “He has shown unwavering dedication to those who have selflessly served our country and our way of life.”
The Bradley Foundation was established in 1985 to promote democratic capitalism and limited, competent government.
More than a decade ago, Sinise founded Friends of Abe, a private group of Hollywood conservatives, though he has been largely inactive there lately, choosing instead to focus on charity he accomplishes through his Gary Sinise Foundation, including helping the families of wounded and killed combat veterans.
At last year’s Bradley Awards gala, country star Lee Greenwood provided the entertainment. The agenda for this year’s show hasn’t yet been announced. Previous award winners include Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes and writers George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele.
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