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'Lieutenant Dan' To Hold Benefit for Local Wounded Marine

'Lieutenant Dan' To Hold Benefit for Local Wounded Marine


  U.S. Marine Sergeant Travis Green of San Antonio was wounded in action in Iraq, but he will get a helping hand from somebody who knows all about war wounds---Lieutenant Dan.

  Actor Gary Sinese, who played the Vietnam War double amputee Lieutenant Dan in the nineties class 'Forest Gump' is coming to the Lila Cockrell Theater to perofrm a special concert with his 'Lieutenant Dan Band' at a benefit to honor and assist Sgt. Green.

  "We are just going to try to do eveyrthing we can do to make sure warriors like him and their families know they are not going to be forgotten," Sinese told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.

  Sinese, through his Gary Sinese Foundation, has staged numerous concerts, appearences, and other events to help wounded, active duty, and retired military members, as well as firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.

  The slogan of the foundation is a quote from President Calvin Coolidge, "a nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."

  Sinese says he is motivated by the experience of members of his family who, like Lieutenant Dan, returned wounded from the Vietnam War.

  "They were forgotten when they came home from that war, and we don't want that to ever happen again."

  The leader of the Lieutenant Dan Band is another Vietnam Veteran, long time Chicago musician Kemo Williams.

  Sinese jokes that the band got his name because more people know him on sight as 'Lieutenant Dan' than know him as Gary Sinese.

 

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