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On the Friday after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, actor Gary Sinise felt a calling. Packed into a Los Angeles church with others looking for a sense of balance amid the chaos and loss on what then-President George W. Bush called a National Day of Prayer, Sinise was moved to action by words from the priest.
“Our priest was moving in his homily that day, talking about service and how service above self was very healing and that we all needed to try to do something to help our country heal … I heard that very specifically that Friday after September 11. That, I think, galvanized something in me, and I just felt called by God to do something to help heal the men and women who were deploying in response to that event,” Sinise recalled in a recent interview with Raymond Arroyo, host and managing editor of EWTN’s “The World Over.”
The actor best known for his roles in “Forrest Gump” and “CSI: NY” had already been involved in helping Vietnam veterans. He had learned through family members who had served during the conflict about the toll that came in returning home to a divided nation, one that had an aggressive and at times hostile attitude toward veterans. Sinise did not want to see history repeated.
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