Gary Sinise receives award from Congressional Medal of Honor Society for supporting veterans

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Gary Sinise honored with Patriot Award
Actor Gary Sinise is honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Patriot Award.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- A special honor has been awarded to a Hollywood hero.

Gary Sinise, known to many as beloved "Lieutenant Dan" in the classic film "Forrest Gump," was given the Patriot Award at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

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It's the highest honor given out by the organization, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

In the years since Sinise made "Forrest Gump," he's spent his off-camera time raising money for veterans groups.

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