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Gary Sinise's most famous military role may have been Lieutenant Dan Taylor in "Forest Gump," but these days he's playing his part in veteran's advocacy off screen.
Last month,the Emmy and Golden Globe winner joined the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) organization at Chicago Ideas Week to announce his home state of Illinois as the first to join the coalition. It brings together employers, industry leaders, educators, and the public sector to help veterans get the skills necessary for careers in advanced manufacturing.
"While playing Lieutenant Dan certainly helped me understand some of the challenges that returning veterans face, my concern for veterans predates 'Forrest Gump' by more than a decade," Sinise wrote in the Chicago Sun Times. He began supporting GSTW because its goals paralleled those of this own project: The Gary Sinise Foundation.
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder and president of Give an Hour™
Give an Hour recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Norfolk, Va., to discuss the work we have done over the past two and a half years to coordinate efforts and facilitate collaboration among organizations focused on providing support to the military and veteran community. Old Dominion University provided the venue, and several stakeholders, active duty service members, veterans, and family members shared their experiences and perspectives on what has been accomplished and what remains to be done. Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs spoke about all of the efforts and programs provided at the state level, and audience members expressed concerns about loved ones and unmet needs in their community.
Willie Nelson is a country music legend and icon whose contributions to music and America’s farmers spans decades. He is also an Air Force Veteran who wants America to support his fellow Veterans, too.
Nelson, now entering his eighth decade, began performing music as a child growing up in Abbott, Texas. After his father died and his mother ran away, Nelson and his sister Bobbie were raised by their grandparents, who encouraged them to play instruments. Willie picked up the guitar, played in his brother-in-law’s band through High School, and upon graduation entered the Air Force, refining his skills while playing on Lackland AFB in San Antonio and later in Biloxi.
After his discharge due to nagging back problems, Nelson bounced from a series of odd jobs, including encyclopedia salesman, and traveled from Vancouver, Washington (where he worked as a DJ), to Los Angeles, and ultimately to Nashville, where he experienced a remarkable run as a hit songwriter in the early 1960s.
Edward I. Koch passed away on February 1, 2013 at the age of 88. It’s been over 20 years since he last served as Mayor of his beloved New York City, but his impact is still felt in the city and throughout the nation. And, importantly, he leaves behind a legacy of dedication to military service that will be remembered by his fellow Veterans.
A decorated World War II veteran, and proud of his service, Koch is credited with New York City’s 1980's recovery from near-bankruptcy. During his three terms, he helped propel the city to the sustained economic growth and booming tourism of the 1990's and 2000's.
At a funeral service held in New York City on February 4th, heads of state, city leaders, and surviving Big Apple mayors – David Dinkins, a Marine Corp veteran who defeated Koch fin his 4th term run, Rudolph Giuliani, and Michael Bloomberg – honored and eulogized him.
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