Saturday, July 9, 2011

TAPS and the Gary Sinise Foundation



WASHINGTON – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is honored to be chosen as a recognized charity to receive support from the newly-launched Gary Sinise Foundation.

The foundation was launched on July 4th by Sinise. The foundation seeks to honor the Nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The foundation will provide and support unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. More information is available at

“TAPS is honored to be one of the beneficiaries of the Gary Sinise Foundation,” said Bonnie Carroll, founder and chairman of TAPS. “Gary’s work to support military families and veterans has been an inspiration to many for years. We deeply appreciate Gary’s care and support for the surviving families of our fallen military.”

The foundation’s launch coincided with the release of Jonathan Flora’s documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good”. During the 30-day online release, people can stream the film at and through its purchase, provide one out of every four dollars to the Gary Sinise Foundation to support its programs.

In 2008, Sinise received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. He is only the second actor, and one of only 110 people in history, to have received the honor.

Sinise has done hundreds of personal appearances and concerts with the Lt. Dan Band worldwide, mostly for military related organizations. He has participated in over 40 tours and made over 150 appearances for the USO, also a special partner to TAPS.

As a result of Sinise’s first two trips to Iraq, he started Operation International Children with Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, which has worked with schools in the U.S., corporate sponsors and People to People International to supply the military with well over a quarter of a million school supply kits, along with more than half a million toys and thousands of blankets, backpacks, pairs of shoes, Arabic-language books, and sports equipment to provide to children in conflict areas.

Currently, Sinise stars as Detective Mac Taylor and is also a producer of CBS’ highly successful “CSI: NY.”

About TAPS
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 30,000 surviving family members of our fallen military since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, case work assistance, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to or call the toll-free crisis line at 800.959.TAPS.

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