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Gary Sinise Talks About His Dedication to U.S. Military

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," August 19, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Gary Sinise is one Hollywood celebrity who has managed to steer clear of the city's liberal politics. In fact, he devotes a lot of energy supporting our brave men and women overseas.

And he sat down with me earlier to discuss his latest effort to support the troops and one special soldier in particular. Let's take a look.

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HANNITY: First of all, I'm a great admirer of yours. Not just your great acting skill. You're somebody I've gotten to know over the years that has a love of our military.

You put time, money, effort, energy, you travel, you meet the troops, you play for them. Why don't you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got involved in all of this?

GARY SINISE, ACTOR: Well, I have military in my family on both my wife's side and my side. My wife has -- her two brothers served in Vietnam War. Her sister was a captain in the Army. Her sister married a Vietnam veteran who was in the Army for 24 years.

And then I have, you know, veterans on my side. My two uncles were in World War II. My dad was in the Navy so it's kind of around me and I've been involved with Vietnam veterans' groups for many, many years. I got involved with the disable Americans veterans after I played Lieutenant Dan in "Forest Gump" and have stayed very, very active with the disabled American veterans ever since the early '90s.

And then, you know we got hit on September 11th, I felt like I just needed to jump in and try to do something to help. Now, we have a lot of injured service members, many, many thousands have been wounded in the war. We have many, too many gold star families.

And it just feels like it continues on. It's not something that's going to end any time soon, it didn't seem. These families need our help and I'm just trying to pitch in and do my part.

HANNITY: You work on number of different charities. You see the troops a lot. A mutual friend of ours LeeAnn Tweeden that brought my attention in your efforts involving a Lt. Dan Band event that you're doing in building homes for heroes and it's happening on the 21st of August, and people can get tickets in Staten Island, New York.

This is an incredible story about Brendan Marrocco. Maybe you would be better off telling the story than I would be and explain this is the first quadruple amputee to ever survive. He's got an amazing story and you're trying help him out. Why don't you tell us about him?

SINISE: Brendan was injured in April of 2009. You know, a little over a year ago in Iraq in a bombing. He lost both his arms and both his legs. LeAnn was actually on a trip to Iraq at the time that he was injured, delivering school supplies for my program Operation International Children.We send school supplies for the troops along with American Airlines LeAnn was over there on this particular trip, I couldn't be there, but she went in my place and they were delivering school supplies and they found out that Brendan had been injured on their way back.

They were in Germany and they saw him in the hospital about two days after he was injured and then about a month later, I saw him at Walter Reed and have stayed in touch a little bit. I was in an event called -- a wounded warrior event Hope for the Warriors, where they presented him with an award.

Now through Building Homes for Heroes and the Stephen Siller Foundation, we're going to try to build him a especially designed house. Now, there are a lot of severely wounded soldiers out, but Brendan, of course, is -- has special means because he lost both arms and both legs.

He's from Staten Island. I offered up my band. I have a band that plays a lot of the troops, the Lt. Dan Band. So we're going to play a concert for Building Homes for Heroes to raise money to build him a home on August 27th at that concert there at the St. Georgia's Theater in Staten Island.

HANNITY: We're putting up on our screen so people can come see your band and contribute to this great cause, which I'm going to join in with as well. This is a really special case. It has had an enormous impact on his family too.

He had a brother that I understand that worked for Citibank, quit his job, went down to Walter Reed. He's now on his third, I guess set of new legs they are working on. They're doing amazing work the doctors and the medical team down there. Tell us a little about the special homes that you're building for these guys.

SINISE: Well, Building Homes for Heroes is one of several organizations actually. There are a bunch of different organizations out there that have just popped up, because people felt a need to do something and help.

We have a lot of severely wounded folks out there and go to the Building Homes for Heroes website, and you can see some of the folks that they've been helping and this next project is to build this especially-designed home in Staten Island to help Brendan.

Obviously, he is going to live the rest of his life impaired having lost both arms and both legs. So whatever we can do with this particular home to make it easily accessible and to make it easier for him to live and to raise the quality of life, that's what we're going to do.

So I just volunteered my band to help raise some money for this. Frank Siller is involved with the Stephen Siller Foundation. They've teamed up with Building Homes for Heroes. Great, great folks there, they're all pitching in. A lot of people in Staten Island are pitching in.

Anybody around the country who wants to donate to this particular soldier and to this particular organization that builds homes for our wounded, our severely injured can go to that website, Building Homes for Heroes or the Stephen Siller Foundation website. They're doing amazing things. I wanted to help them get this done.

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