Actor Gary Sinise recently launched The Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network. The program will offer a mental wellness network providing transformative care to veterans, first responders undergoing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse.
“It’s critically important to me that our military service members, first responders, and their families all know how deeply we are here for them, we are not going to forget them, and we will always do more to protect and support them,” Sinise told Forbes in an interview.
Sinise has had a heart for veterans over the last 40 years since his Chicago days working with the Steppenwolf Theatre in the ’80s. He supported local Vietnam veteran groups there. In the ’90s, he supported the wounded after playing Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump.”
“It’s become my lifelong mission to serve and honor our defenders, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. I feel blessed to be able to do something and honored that Gary Sinise Foundation is a part of this new Avalon Network initiative.”
The Avalon Fund was established in 2019 as a partnership between the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and Boulder Crest Foundation. The Fund’s mission was focused on scaling innovative and effective traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress programs for those in need.
Sinise concluded in the interview: “I’m proud of our team and how we were able to come together to serve our first responders and defenders during their time of need. While we can never do enough for our defenders and their loved ones, we can always do a little more, and the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network is an initiative founded on that principle of service to do ‘a little more’ for these deserving heroes and their families.”
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-by Corine Gatti-Santillo