Gary Sinise Talks Veteran Assistance Programs in Capitol File

Posted Wednesday October 9, 2013 8:22 PM GMT

In the midst of his busy schedule, Gary Sinise scored the cover spot of Capitol File magazine's annual Men's Issue.

During his interview with the publication, the "CSI: NY" actor chatted about the US veteran assistance system and working with veterans while directing "Tracers."

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Sinise's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Capitole File!

On wounded vets and the government:
"If you compare it to 40 years ago, it's better. But is it enough? No, never... It's a good thing there are a lot of nonprofits [serving veterans]. Where the government can't manage, citizens need to step forward."

On visiting disabled vets after "Forrest Gump":
"Three weeks after that movie opened, I was invited to visit some disabled veterans. And some of them didn't recognize me, or even know my real name. But when they realized that I had played Lt. Dan, they lit up and really opened up to me. They could related to me because[my character] had been blown up, too... Lt. Dan, the movie character, is a great message for these guys. In the end, his life doesn't crumble. He moves on, despite everything that has happened to him."

On "Tracers":
"I spent the three-week rehearsal and five weeks prior to that workshopping the screenplay by going to the VA and other war-related places, and I started to really connect [with military personnel]."

On his love for Washington DC:
"I love history and I love my country, and DC is a confluence of those passions... I go for those places you can only find in DC."

Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft for Capitol File

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