Sinise said that he “was called to a new level of service” following the attacks on September 11, 2001. He didn’t want to see the men and women who signed up for service in the masses to be “treated shamefully,” as the country once had to Vietnam veterans returning from war. Since then, Sinise got involved in supporting vets where he could.
“As a private citizen, I’m just trying to do what I can to make sure they know that they’re appreciated and what they do is not taken for granted. I just want them to know that somebody like me cares about them,” he said. “That’s it, and if that can help make them feel a little stronger and a little better, then that’s a good way to serve.”