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Gary Sinise to honor Vietnam vets with free concert 50 years after end of combat operations

Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise will hold a “Welcome Home” concert next week for those who served in Vietnam to show his gratitude to veterans.

Sinise told Fox News Digital his foundation, the Gary Sinise Foundation, will be sponsoring the May 26 event at Constitution Hall in D.C. 

Sinise’s band, the Lt. Dan Band, which he has been performing for nearly 20 years, will share the stage with actor and director Joe Mantegna as well Medal of Honor Recipient, Vietnam Vet Sammy Davis. Eleven POWs will also attend. 

The event is particularly significant because it will mark 50 years since the end of combat operations in Vietnam. 


Gary Sinise plays the bass with his band

The Gary Sinise Foundation’s Lt. Dan Band plays The Villages, Florida on October 27, 2019. (Gary Sinise Foundation)

“That was a shameful period in our history, the way we treated the men and women who were serving,” Sinise said, noting the comparative lack of services at the time. 

“While there were services that were provided for them… today you’ve got thousands of non-profits out there that are in the veteran space to meet the needs and challenges of our returning defenders,” he said. “And I think a lot of them, like me, were motivated to make sure that what happened to our Vietnam veterans when they came home, that we don’t let it happen again.”

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