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Veteran Advocate Gary Sinise Has a Memoir Hitting Shelves Next Year

'Forrest Gump' and 'CSI: NY' star will share his journey from acting to the Lt. Dan Band in 'Grateful American'

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In today’s world of divisive and political celebrities, there may be no Hollywood figure more unifying than Gary Sinise.

The “Forrest Gump” actor has taken his acting career and turned it into a life of service through his work with his own charity organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The pro-veteran organization does great work for military members, including building smart homes for wounded soldiers.

Sinise also plays bass with the Lt. Dan Band — named after his Vietnam veteran character from “Gump.” It’s a music group that plays free shows for veterans around the country.

Sinise will now be telling his story in his own words, with a memoir set to hit shelves in February of next year.

“Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service” will not only allow Sinise the opportunity to dive into his work with veterans and why it means so much to him, but will also let him shine a light on his impressive acting journey.

Sinise is one of the founders of the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and he’s starred in hits including “Forrest Gump” and “Ransom.” He was also the lead on the hit CBS series “CSI: NY” for its nearly 200 episodes from 2004 to 2013.

It was for 1994’s “Forrest Gump” that Sinise landed himself an Academy Award nomination. More important than that nomination, though, was a newfound respect he found for veterans.

Sinise has often said it was that movie that first threw him into the world of veterans. The actor began dedicating his time and efforts to supporting veterans, and now it’s become a full-time gig.

The cover for “Grateful American” — which features Sinise’s face — was exclusively revealed this week to Parade. Thomas Nelson is publishing the book, which will hit shelves on Feb. 12, 2019.

Sinise, 63, may be focusing more of his time and effort on charity than ever before, but fans can still find him acting from time to time.

In a world in which the most talked-about memoirs are from the likes of Omarosa Manigault Newman and Hillary Clinton, Sinise’s upcoming book is welcome news. His journey to one of the military’s most vocal and loyal supporters is an incredibly interesting one. It’s worth telling, and it’s great to see the filmmaker doing so in his own words.

Sinise, 63, may be focusing more of his time and effort on charity than ever before, but fans can still find him acting from time to time.

“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” on which Sinise was the lead, ended last year after two seasons on CBS, and the actor has a role in the upcoming film “Will Gardner,” the story of a veteran who takes a motorcycle trip across America.

Watch Sinise talk about his work with veterans below:

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