published : 2023-09-26

Gary Sinise to Receive AARP Award for Foundation's Support of Military Members and First Responders

Emmy and Tony award winner will be honored with honorary AARP Purpose Prize Award

A photo of Gary Sinise at the LA premiere of 'I Still Believe' on March 7, 2020, taken with a Nikon D850.

Renowned actor Gary Sinise will be receiving a prestigious award for his outstanding support of military members and first responders.

The AARP organization announced on Tuesday that Sinise will be granted the honorary AARP Purpose Prize Award during a ceremony on October 25th.

Sinise, known for his memorable performances in movies like 'Apollo 13' and 'Forrest Gump,' as well as his starring role in 'NCIS: NY,' will be recognized for the remarkable work done through his Gary Sinise Foundation.

Established in 2011, Sinise's foundation is committed to honoring and assisting military members, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

Among the foundation's charitable efforts are the construction of adapted homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders, initiatives to uplift military members and families through entertainment, mental wellness programs, and crucial financial support in times of need.

A photo of Gary Sinise engaging with military members and first responders at a Gary Sinise Foundation event, captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Sinise's dedication and compassion have made a profound impact on the lives of many, and the AARP Purpose Prize Award serves as a testament to his exceptional achievements.

Alongside Sinise, four other individuals will also be awarded the AARP Purpose Prize for their outstanding contributions, with each of their organizations receiving a generous $50,000 to further their missions.

Additionally, ten named Purpose Prize fellows will be honored, with each receiving a $10,000 award to support the work of their organizations.

The AARP CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins, expressed her admiration for the recipients and their inspiring commitment to making a difference.

Jenkins highlighted the power of finding purpose in one's life, stating that, when individuals pursue their passions and strive to improve the world around them, not only do they bring meaning to their own lives but also create a better future for everyone.

An image of a fully adapted home built by the Gary Sinise Foundation for a severely wounded veteran, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III.

In recognition of the importance of public opinion, AARP has reintroduced the Inspire Award, where the general public can vote for the AARP Purpose Prize winner they believe deserves an additional $10,000 grant for their organization.

This award not only amplifies the impact of the recipient's work but also encourages engagement and participation from the wider community.

Gary Sinise's contributions and unwavering support for military members and first responders have left an indelible mark on society.

As the world recognizes his accomplishments with the honorary AARP Purpose Prize Award, his incredible journey showcases the immense power of compassion, dedication, and purpose.

Through his foundation, Sinise continues to change lives, uplift spirits, and inspire others to make a difference.