My Mentor, Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise is my mentor. He is the guy that I look up to the most. Gary is an amazing actor and he touched all our hearts with his character Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump. Gary is also an amazing individual with drive and compassion. I’ve witnessed him giving himself to others over and over again. He does things right and always tries to do the right thing.

When he started the Gary Sinise Foundation, Gary did it because he saw what the country needed and provided it in the best way he could. Through the R.I.S.E. program, the organization builds 100 percent mortgage-free adaptive smart homes for severely wounded veterans. It also provides modifications, mobility devices and adaptive vehicles to injured, wounded, ill and aging veterans. In addition, the Gary Sinise Foundation does a lot of community outreach and education to both veterans and first responders.

On top of all of that, Gary is a big family man. Family comes first, as it should. I really try to be like him. I strive to be honest and do the right thing, I try to have as much energy as he does. I want to be driven like him and get things done. I just want to thank Gary for setting such a great example. I hope to be half the man he is!  Technically, I am half the man he is. LOL!

Love you, Gary!

 About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.