The Gary Sinise Foundation Celebrates After 10 Years Of Helping First Responders and Service Members

The Gary Sinise Foundation celebrated after 10 years of serving first responders, military service members, and their family members, according to The Daily Wire.

“As reported by The Atlanta Jewish Times, both of Sinise’s new partners are donating $20 million from their personal foundations in order to provide support to the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network.”

“The program will add onto the work that has been completed by the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and the Boulder Crest Foundation’s Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes) program.”

From The Daily Wire:

The Gary Sinise Foundation also “put together a multi-day ‘Hollywood Adventure’ from October 12-14, 2016, to pay tribute to surviving spouses of fallen service members.” For the three-day trip, 23 spouses from all over the nation came to Los Angeles for the event. “For the Gold Star spouses who attend ‘Hollywood Adventure’ each year, sharing their experiences and reminding one another they are not alone, helps them find joy in the present once again,” the foundation noted.

In 2017, the foundation opened its Education and Outreach Center, a place that “brings civilians and defenders together for constructive dialogues and inspiring events.” The center has speaker series, summits, and workshop events that leave “visitors with a new respect for our defenders, raise awareness about the heroes living among them, and focus on educating communities about the importance of service over self.”

The year of 2020 saw changes for the foundation as it responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The foundation started its “Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service campaign in April 2020,” delivering over 60,000 meals to 313 locations in the United States and other countries. The foundation also helped first responder groups who needed personal protective equipment and financially aided “service members, veterans, first responders, healthcare professionals, and their families.” In all, the foundation’s campaign gave “over $485,000 in grants to 64 first responder departments nationwide and more than $500,000 in financial aid distributed to those in need.” The group also started its first Gary Sinise Foundation chapter in Central Florida last year in order to help people on a regional level.