WATCH: Steve Wilson Sits Down With Gib Bosworth, Director of Chapter Development of the Gary Sinise Foundation
By Steve Wilson // June 8, 2021
Gary Sinise Foundation has made a major impact on the lives of veterans and first responders
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Gary Sinise might be best known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, at least as far as acting is concerned. However, in real life, he has made Lt. Dan seem like an insignificant role as he has done so with the Gary Sinise Foundation.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Gib Bosworth, Director of Chapter Development for the Gary Sinise Foundation, to discuss in-depth what the Foundation is all about.
The Gary Sinise Foundation is approaching its 10-year anniversary and has made a major impact on the lives of veterans and first responders.
Sinise has been involved with the USO since 2003, and after the success of the movie Forrest Gump, he created a band, appropriately named, the Lt. Dan Band. Over the years, they performed at USO shows and other charity events.
The Gary Sinise Foundation was formed in 2011 and designed to take his humanitarian efforts to the next level.
When asked about Gary Sinise, the man, Bosworth had this to say, “He is an outstanding humanitarian and an incredibly humbling servant. The depth of his heart is really unmeasurable, quite frankly.”
Bosworth’s words about Sinise are not just kind words from a friend as Sinise was recently named the 2021 recipient of the Lincoln Leadership Prize.
According to a member of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation Board of Directors, Sinise was selected to receive this prestigious award in part because of his commitment to helping and supporting, veterans, active-duty military, first responders, their families and those in need.
The Gary Sinise Foundation recently opened a Chapter in Orlando because central Florida is home to so many veterans, and because of the Foundation’s local connections, Orlando, seemed like a natural fit.
The Gary Sinise Foundation has partnered with Walt Disney World, and according to the foundation website, their Snowball Express program hosts a five-day experience for 1,750 children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian (at Disney World in Orlando).
It goes on to say, “As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support.”
According to Bosworth, the Gary Sinise Foundation is a mission from Gary’s heart to the American people. Gary’s ask is quite simple: “We can all do a little more.”