Gary Sinise Donates His Old Jeep To Raise $1.3 Million For American Veterans
Hollywood star Gary Sinise is best known for playing Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie Forest Gump. What many people don’t know about him, however, is that he devotes much of his time off the screen to helping veterans. He just did that once again by donating an old jeep of his to raise $1.3 million for military veterans.
Sinise auctioned off his 1981 Jeep CJ7 that was personally customized by Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage with a patriotic stars and stripes theme to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The actor auctioned the jeep off for $200,000 to the first buyer, but the buyer immediately sent it back around on the auction block, as Sinise had announced that all proceeds from the sale would go to military veterans. The second time, it was auctioned off for $100,000, and on top of that, Sunbelt Rentals donated $1 million to help the cause.
“My first auction, it’s going to be hard to top that,” an ecstatic Sinise said afterwards.
“There were a lot of veterans out there in the audience so I got to acknowledge them and say thank you,” Sinise continued. He then went on to throw in a private dinner with him in Los Angeles and a tour of his foundation to the new owner of the jeep. He is grateful to the new owner for helping him raise money for veterans, as their cause is very close to his heart.
“When our veterans came back home from the Vietnam war, they were not treated well and had to disappear into the shadows,” he said. “When we started deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan I wanted to do my part to make sure the men and women doing their part were appreciated.”
It’s so touching to see just how much Sinise loves our nation’s veterans. Find out more about this in the video below.