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chamber, he sits down. he's almost looking directly at sumner. sumner's head is valid. -- bowed. he approaches sumner. head bowed. kane over his head. sumner looks up through his glasses. brooks strikes sumner on the top of the head. blood almost instantly.
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sunday night at eastern and pacific. >> on tuesday gary sinise spoke to the national press club breakfast about his advocacy for u.s. veterans and the work of the gary sinise foundation. this is one hour. >> welcome to>> first i want to
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introduce our distinguished head table. this group includes press club members and our speaker. from the right the president of d.c. media. max rletterer. editor with warren communications. jared perkins. jim livingston, a medal of honor recipient and guest of the speaker.
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[applause] jerry, the washington bureau chief for the buffalo news, and a former national press club recipient. melissa charbonneau and the speakers committee member who organized today's event. thank you melissa. national security correspondent for u.s. news. andrew mccarran a usa today writer. and thursday, a military service dog razor. robert keeling of cnn.
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[applause] i want to welcome our c-span audiences. you can follow the action on twitter with the #ntclunch -- #npclunch. gary sinise has devoted great energy to raising support and awareness for america's service members, and their families. it was here at the national chris -- national press club he announced the sinise foundation to help build resources and self-reliance.
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the foundations projects include custom smartphones for the severely wounded. he used his celebrity status in support of u.s. military personnel. his band has performed around the world raising millions of dollars to benefit veterans. it is the lieutenant dan band. it is named for his role as veteran lieutenant dan in the movie forest gump. you may know a nice -- sinese for other roles. he played on csi new york. he had roles in movies such as apollo 13, the green mile, and
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ransom. it is his role as servicemember advocates he seems to enjoy best. he serves as spokesman for the medal of honor museum. he's a patron of the g.i. film festival that highlights movies that positively portray veterans in the military. he has cohosted the national memorial day concert and is a familiar face in washington. he's a recipient of the presidential citizens medal, the second-highest medal for deeds performed for the nation's service members. the national association of broadcasters education foundation will award him its hires individual honor. the service to america leadership award. ladies and gentlemen, join me in giving a warm national press club welcome to mr. gary sinise.
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[applause] gary sinise: thank you. thank you. thank you very much. it is good to be back. i want to say something. last time i was here, there was a wooden medallion on the back. halfway through my speech it fell down. i'm glad that it is not here. i would like to thank the members of the national press club. thank you for the invitation to speak. it is a great honor to return to speak since having the opportunity in 2007 as a
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national spokesperson for the memorial which after a 16 year effort was finally dedicated and opened to the public october 5 last year. a second time addressing members of the class club was in support of the film brothers at war. a third time, four years ago when we first launched the gary sinise foundation. i haven't burned any bridges yes. you keep asking me back. thank you. i would like to speak about how far the gary sinise foundation has come with the work the foundation is doing, and what the future looks like. our military servicemen and
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women continue to confront the dark forces of this world on many fronts with long and tough deployment. first i would like to acknowledge a few people here today one of our board members. thank you for coming. i appreciate you being here today. [applause] i have a very distinguished guests to that john introduced, a friend of mine that is here today, general livingston was awarded to the united states highest military decoration the medal of honor for a heroic actions in 1968 during the vietnam war and on that fateful day, captain livingston and about 800 fellow marines ran up against the north vietnamese company of 10,000 strong enemy combatants. 10,000 against 800 marines.
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what the captain says was a fair fight. [laughter] during the fights after he was wounded three times through heavy fire and despite committee coordinated attacks to destroy over 100 mutually supported enemy bunkers and proposes savage attack and refused to be evacuated from the field until he was assured of the safety of his men and he would serve to combat tours in vietnam. he was presented in medal of honor in 1970 by president richard nixon. rising the ranks he retired as a major general. his philosophy is to lead from the front. he said if i'm willing to do it then i can ask you to do it.
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he never had a marine under his command, and say to him i don't want to do this, following his example they all did their job and whenever he asked whatever he asked of them and performed superbly. that is true and inspiring leadership, so thank you for being here. [applause] we are truly grateful for everything you've given in service to the nation and i know we have several veterans today so i want to personally say thank you to all of our veterans for being here and stepping forward to serve our country. it's been stated in the united states of america will always be the land of the free as long as it is the home of the brave. it's to live in a free country to fight to the enemy from
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coming to the shores. the community, the city, the country can only flora shifting of the peace to enjoy their life and liberty and have the opportunity to pursue their happiness. they work with commerce and trade and creative environment where each titled dream has to hope to be realized. we have seen a nation born of these ideas and from generation to generation it's shown itself to be the greatest, strongest and most prosperous nation on earth. the envy of the world.
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it wears the uniform and i were collected home, the united states of america is kept safe by the men and women of the united states military willing to serve and sacrifice so much of our way of life is secure and with the sacrifices being made each and every day, there comes much-needed. that is why today more than ever it's important to have successful nonprofits and military support space. as the government alone cannot possibly fill all of its needs. .. during the thanksgiving holiday in 2009 i was visiting barred from air force base in
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afghanistan, and general mike's roddy, the director of operations for united states central command providing oversight to all military operations throughout the centcom area of responsibility including iraq and afghanistan. he came to me and informed me that there would be an angel flight early the following morning for a fallen special
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forces soldier who have been killed in action. the general invited me to the ramp ceremony where the us military would load the casket off on american here on a plane to repatriate his remains back to america. when my eyes saw and heartfelt that day has always stayed with me. i watched hundreds of american servicemen and women from all branches, most including myself never knew the soldier personally but gathered in formation in his honor to pay their respects and offer a farewell salute to a brave fellow american soldier. the mood was somber. the casket draped with an american flag was carried by eight members of his unit moving slowly and solemnly onto the
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plane. indeed, a sight to behold. members of his unit who the day before finding by his side places casket on the bed of a a c-17, kneel down around it and offered final prayers and farewells to the brother. and the rest of the formation followed suit rank by rank traveling up the ramp of the c 17 to pay their respects. it was my sobering honor to be by generals roddy's side as we enter the plane and not down beside the casket. i was flooded with emotion for this young man and his family the painful and sobering reminder of the cost of freedom.
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so in looking back on my own journey working with veterans groups in the chicago area in the 80s supporting our wanted to the disabled american veterans organization in the 90s and post september 11 and often times bring home with them i began supporting many military charities and participating in many support concerts. i brought my endeavors together to serve our veterans under one umbrella. we have been able to start numerous programs to help make an important difference in the lives of servicemembers most severely wounded veterans through our restoring independence, supporting
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empowerment to putting on resiliency concerts at military hospitals to boost morale to raising the spirits of the children our fallen heroes providing emergency funding for needy military families, supporting 1st responders and communities all around the country each day helping veterans, military families, and 1st responders find the strength of support they need to move forward in their lives and are impacting the communities that they live in. as john said when i last spoke year, i i have been part of fundraising efforts to build three smart homes. some of the most catastrophically wounded service members, three of our quadruple
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amputees who had returned from iraq and afghanistan. i am proud to say that now of the five quadruple amputees from these wars for a living in new homes, and homes, and a home is in progress for the 5th. by the end of 2015 the gary sinise foundation will have participated in the development or construction of up to 35 homes for those suffering very serious life-changing injuries. these hounds give our wanted wounded heroes, their families caregivers their freedom and independence back. i i am proud to say prior to the creation of the foundation and the four years since the lieut. dan band has performed 318 concerts worldwide in support of our nation's defenders and their families 140 concerts for the uso and 178 fundraising and
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benefit concerts. we just performed at the hotel del coronado sunday night for big veterans support concerts. the band is the band is part of our nonprofit and is now a program of the foundation. through our invincible spirit festivals to which we put on at our nation's military medical centers complete with a a live lieutenant dan band concert and a delicious cookout donated by celebrity chef robert irvine and the folks at the great food company cisco we have lifted over 50,000 50000 spirits of heroes and their families, caregivers command hospital staff giving them a respite from the rigors of medical treatment and reminding them of the hope and positivity along the road to recovery. through our serving heroes program we have shown gratitude to our nation's defenders by serving him a hearty, classic
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american meal. today we have served over 27,700 meals to five major travel hubs across the nation where our deploying troops go through command we are looking to expand our efforts to include other venues at other airports throughout the country. our gary sinise foundation relief and resiliency program as of 1,294 veterans and their families through their times of urgent need. 162 children, family members of the fallen, 156 veterans, 944 wanted. with 1st responders outreach the gary sinise foundation has provided support to train 45 firefighters and black forest colorado after the devastating fires there, supporting the families of the hotshots in prescott, arizona after 19 firefighters were lost in a deadly firestorm, donated to
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lieut. dan vans to the fdny fire family transport foundation to transport ill and injured members of the fdny and their families to medical facilities, and have awarded six g to police, fire, and ems services. other programs include. other programs include our arts and entertainment outreach taking veterans to theater around the country for a free meal and a performance, and as part of our educational outreach we have a new world war ii program, a most recent partnership with the national world war ii museum in new orleans. gary sinise foundation has helped finance a historian who has today recorded 35 world war ii veteran stories , oral histories preserved on video in a museum archive preserving america's history and their legacy. we will also include a trip next week for 50 50 world war ii veterans from california to see this magnificent museum built in their honor.
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we have come we have come a long way in four short years and are impacting the lives of veterans and active-duty across the nation, the most rewarding mission i've had in my life. one of the hardest things to come to terms with when you endeavor to a life of service is the enormity of the need that exists today. it has to be upon us and our communities to close the gap and meet that need. with all the bureaucracy currently being reported it is important that there are successful nonprofits in the military support space and that we engage encourage and inspire as many communities within this country is possible to address the needs. i applaud all the military nonprofits here today doing good work.
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during the conflicts in afghanistan and iraq we have seen remarkable advances in field medicine and care. while this may have reduced the number of casualties among many more have returned home injured or seriously wounded. as we have now been at war for the past 14 years. roughly 50,000 military personnel currently live among us during the severe ones of war physically and mentally. struggles can affect the entire household and ongoing treatment can quickly become ruinously expensive. with the media, they have provided troubling length is of the health-related complications that veterans experience seeking care. the bigger picture is alarming. survey data suggests 71% of
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americans do not understand what combat veterans endure and 84% of veterans hold set the public has little awareness of the challenges they face in life after combat. this suggests an urgent need to supplement existing support and raise consciousness on a grassroots level. emotional trauma is at epidemic proportions. from 2002 to 2012, 103,000 972 cases of posttraumatic stress were reported. according to a report from the department of veterans affairs an average of 22 american veterans continue to take their lives every day. physical injuries often compound the emotional damage. in the same 2002 to 2012 time span, 100,017 battle injury amputations were performed.
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beyond the personal struggles, loss of limb, and or physical disfiguration of my places tremendous distress on victims families. wetlands must often take on the role of caregivers and posttraumatic this -- posttraumatic stress can affect the entire family. reentering society and finding employment is especially difficult, more than half of all veterans report feeling disconnected. their sense of disconnect is a solvable problem. willingness to help in raising awareness where help is needed within individual communities are important first steps. local citizens in every community need to connect with these veterans and their families to provide support however possible. as citizens, who benefit from
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what they do for us, it is our duty very simply if every neighborhood in every community in every town and city and every state saw about their local veterans and offered their hand we would greatly reduce the problem and most likely have the problem solved. it is a dangerous and unpredictable world. we need to keep our military strong and ready to face the evils of this world that with you to destroy our way of life. they are our freedom providers. they and their families need our help. as we all know, we all too often take our freedom for granted. i recently returned from my third trip to korea performing for troops. and a third visit to the dmz.
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a strange, very strange and sad place. this time, while there is something happened that did not happen in my previous trip. as we came out of the building, to north korean guards came right up to the borders average to take pictures of our group. i was two feet away and could look directly into the eyes of these guards. hunting and very sad eyes. they know nothing but worship of the supreme leader and our slaves -- and our slaves to their master. perhaps there is no place on
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earth where one can feel a palpable difference between freedom and slavery more than standing on the border between north and south korea. the north koreans know nothing. nothing, of freedom. for three generations, they've been oppressed by a dictatorship and indoctrinated by a regime that hasn't laid them concealed them off from the rest of the world. the north koreans have a military that is there to suppress them. and take the freedoms away. but, with united states by their side, like all of his yearly u.s., the south koreans have a military that's very purpose is to protect their freedoms and provide life, liberty, and the ability for every man woman and child to pursue their happiness. education, is the key to making sure our generation and future generations know the high cost
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of freedom. and what our military men and women sacrifice and indoor and provide -- to provide it, it is proof -- it is precious and we must never take it for granted. not everyone in this world gets to live like we do. is there any doubt there are evil forces in this world? that given the opportunity would do anything in their power to destroy what we as americans and all western nations have grown so accustomed to? freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is to mark like our brave heroes of world war ii, when there were only two possible outcomes in the world at that time, tyranny or freedom our defenders today stand as guardians of all that we hold dear against another evil that the heads of crucified christians and enslaves and oppresses women and children and punishes anyone who does not submit to their twisted view of the world.
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on october 22, 1962, addressing the nuclear threat posed by the soviet union and the u.s. response to missiles in cuba, president john f. kennedy said the path we've chosen for the present is full of hazards. as all caps are. but it is the one most consistent with our character and courage as a nation, and our commitments around the world. the cost of freedom is always high. and americans have always paid it. and one path that we shall never choose is the path of surrender or submission. today, we face many threats to peace and security of the world. indeed, full of hazards of the present, and we are thankful to
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have american men and women who are willing to do the dangerous work necessary to ensure that we remain free and secure. still, with the disconnect between the average american and its military, i believe education -- educating our citizens and our youth as to what our military men and women indoor and combat with long deployments away from family and friends is in order. so that we understand why it is critically important to support them and take care of them. this is why want to talk to you today about the importance of the medal of honor museum. the effort to build in the national museum in mount pleasant south carolina area now, and retirement, general livingston is a very busy man. among other things he is a member of the board of directors of the medal of honor museum foundation. in addition, he along with several other medal of honor
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recipients comprise the steering committee. which will examine all exhibits to make sure they are consistent with the medal of honor society. the society is the brotherhood of the 79 living medal of honor recipients area and education can come in many forms. one way is through memorials and museums where the stories of those who served have a permanent place to have their voices heard. since the first medal of honor was awarded by president abraham lincoln on march 25 18 683 more than 25 million men and women have served during our nation's conflict. fewer than 3500 of them, less than .2% have received the medal of honor. those who wear them metal represent america's bravest and best, all who have served and sacrificed in defense of our
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nation. their stories are lessons for us all. in how to live our lives with honor, integrity, and character. my own history with the medal of honor society and foundation goes back to 2000 that in. i've been humbled and blessed to serve as the cap -- as the foundation's president advisory group, and now through the invitation of general livingston on the board of directors as a national person for the medal of honor museum effort. it's been my privilege and great honor to get to know many of the recipients of the medal of honor are solely and to hear their stories to be among america's bravest, to listen to them and interact with them has been a blessing and a true education. they have shown me a quiet strength and modesty and they all say that they were the medal of honor not for themselves but
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for all those who fought so bravely alongside them and did not make it home. that we would remember them and their sacrifice. more than 18% 646 of the medals awarded since 1863 have been presented posthumously. but from the civil war until world war ii, of the 2418 medals awarded, just 3% or permit -- presented posthumously. for more two to the present more than 60% of medals have been awarded restlessly. -- awarded posthumously 62.9% and the vietnam war and the wars in iraq and afghanistan. within the last few decades, the defense department has been
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passed over because of their race religion or ethnicity. as a result, the number of african-american his and it, japanese, and jewish servicemen have received recognition as medal of honor recipients. they reflect the ethnic, cultural, economic religious and educational diversity that is the hallmark of the american experience more than 20% of recipients were born outside of the united date. today, as i mentioned, there are 79 living recipients. fewer than at any time since the civil war when the metal was first awarded. the oldest recipient, a world war ii veteran is 94.
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the youngest, a veteran of the war in afghanistan is 25. their average age is 71 years old. the medal of honor is the nation's highest award for valor in combat areas it is the only military medal that is worn around the neck. it's recipients are the only individuals from the president salutes as a matter of custom. it is awarded by the president in the name of congress. while engaged in action against the united states. the medal of honor museum is in the works. why? to preserve the stories of the medal of honor recipients, presenting them to a new
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generation sorely in need of understanding. to help visitors understand the meaning of the price of freedom. the future site of the museum is located at patriots point and mouth but -- mount pleasant south carolina on the eastern shore of charleston harbor directly cross and the uss yorktown. throughout the museum, visitors will have multiple opportunities to meet and interact and learn from the recipients through film videos, and dynamic elements and in-depth as rations of her small stories and experiences that will honor and promote the ideals and values associated with metal. two galleries will be devoted to the medal of honor character society -- to educate our youth and citizenry. as one teacher recently
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commented, our children want to change the world on so many levels. the medal of honor curriculum offers him the tools and opportunity to do just that now and in the future. again, education is the key to helping the youth of america understand the valor and selfless acts of courage that those who are in the middle of so valiantly for trade in the most harrowing of circumstances. i am honored to serve on the board of directors and is national spokesperson for this worthy an important project area and encourage you to seek out more information by going to the medal of honor museum went right in low-wage and for the gary sinise foundation's efforts, you can learn more about the gary sinise foundation at
9:46 pm in the book's final scene, and admiral stands on the darkens teen as a way, he asked in the silent darkness, where did we get such men i ask again, where did we find such men and women who are willing to go into harms way? the answer is very simple. we find them where we have always found them, in our villages and towns come honor city streets, and in our shops and on our farms. america's families defend us all. one generation fighting for america's future, one generation
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inspiring the next so that again, a young american would rise out of the communities that would get to stand and face those who would do us harm as a boldly and with conviction not on my watch. and to those who stand guard deserving to know there is a grateful nation standing behind them and you may from time to time question who would ask will our sacrifices, the sacrifices of our fallen from our wounded, our military families be forgotten? i say, and i encourage all of you to say not on my watch. thank you.
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>> thank you very much. each generation of war has opted lessons learned. ptsd awareness out of world war ii and korea, separating troop support for more support coming out of vietnam. what do you think we should learn from the veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan? >> there's much to learn. thankfully i have vietnam veterans in my family. i'm very motivated i what i
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learned from the vietnam veterans in my family years ago back in the late 70's and early 80's when they came home from war. i think catalyst for me today supporting our iraq and afghanistan veterans and trying to ensure that they have the services they need, they are shown the appreciation that they deserve our from what happened to our vietnam veterans and the shocking reality and the shameful way they were treated when they came home from war and the services that they needed that they did not get. we have much to learn there. we have, as i said -- there is a major epidemic within the military community area of those suffering from post-traumatic stress thankfully there are a lot of services within the ba that are being provided, but also within the military nonprofit support base, i think part of my feeling about this is
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that's with thousands of military charities that there are out there that are filling these gaps and trying to provide services like service talks for example, these dogs are very important to mental health. thankfully, there are those military nonprofits because we all know that the challenges with the v.a. has. some wonderful people working within the v.a., but it's a challenging environment for veterans. thankfully, there are these military nonprofits out there that are trying to address needs on multiple fronts, the tax organization is here today bonnie carol was is providing a great service to the families of our fallen. there's a post-traumatic stress involved there. for our iraq and afghanistan families. that they go through
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thankfully, there are services out there that are being provided and i encourage anyone who is seeking service or seeking all from the iraq afghanistan community to continue passing on the information of where these services are provided. there's a lot to learn from those who served in past wars and certainly those who are serving now. we can never do enough for those who are serving our nation. there's a lot more to be done. and we can always try to do a little bit more. with new >> with nearly a decade of war winding down, how do you see the mission of your foundation changing. as fewer and fewer combat veterans come out of the armed forces. do you worry that it's going to become more difficult to get the american people in the political system to appreciate and
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properly serve veterans? >> it already has more difficult. our service members continue to be deployed in harm's way yet they're off the front pages. the residual effects of these wars will last for decades. as they continue to last from previous wars. we still have challenging environments within the veteran community from all wars. i've never been to combat. i know many of our veterans here have. it never leaves you, it never goes away. you can certainly move beyond it. the more we can keep consciousness and key people aware of what's happening, the more services will continue to be provided.
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i think this is where the challenge becomes greatest. as we do come down and leave the battle space and leave the front pages is that as i said, the residual effects of these wars will last for decades. we need these services to be provided continually. that's for somebody like me can come in and be useful area i can talk to the press club where -- and express myself and get a public platform around the country to try to keep his awareness of. and help as many military charities as i possibly can because the need is enormous. there are lots of unmet needs out there. we will continue to face these challenges. keeping awareness of his important. its primary. thank you for having me today to be able to keep awareness up and be able to talk to members of the press club about this. what you can do is help keep this in the consciousness of the american people. were tired of war. we been at work for 14 years
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yes, our military continues to serve. they continue to challenge is area our military hospitals continue to serve those who been injured years ago. i know people who've been going through rehabilitation for years. and will continue to do that. one of our families here, the wiese and claudia at the are here today there going to be doing a home-building project for luis and claudia there. we can never do enough for you.
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>> did you really have this >> as i said, it begins with the family members. it begins with the family members on my side of the family. world war i veterans, my grandfather served arriving in ambulance in france. two uncles in world war ii, my dad served in the navy on my wife's side of the family. her two brothers served in vietnam. i learned much from them. it's really the vietnam side of the family that opened my eyes. by the time i was old enough to sort things of the young teenager, the family members on my side of the family were well beyond their service.
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i don't remember my grandfather ever talking about world war i. i don't remember my alkyl talking about world war ii until i started doing a lot of this work in the never take them everywhere and just get them talking. as a matter fact, he would spend memorial day here with me at the concert every year. he unfortunately passed away at 90 years old this past october. i did my brother-in-law checked trees who was a combat medic in vietnam and state in the army for 22 years. i learned so much from him and so much from the veterans. for my wife's two brothers. they really got me thinking. i got involved with vietnam veterans groups back in the 80's in the chicago area sporting them. 10 years later, i have this opportunity to audition to play a vietnam veteran and forest. i really wanted to do that. i have veterans in my family. i been involved with vietnam veterans of the chicago area.
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luckily, i got the part and that led me to an association with the sable veterans organization. that relationship goes back 20 years. and then after september 11 when we were attacked, it just felt like this was where i could employ my service. to helping those who serve in those going out in response to those devastating attacks. so i volunteered for the uso and started visiting our. this is decades old. it all came together for years ago when i created the gersony foundation, launched it right here at the press club. now, my objective here is to have this foundation be here long after i'm gone serving and honoring the needs of our military and veteran community. like i said, i don't think we can never do enough. this is a dangerous 21st century, and were going to be
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facing a lot of challenges in the military's going to be called again on the a lot of times in the coming decades. >> the washington post recently ran a story headlined military tribute to baseball games. true honors? or hollow gestures? how would you answer that question? and also talk about the change from vietnam to today in appreciation of veterans. >> i can't respond to the baseball game thing. i really don't know anything about that. i think we learned some hard lessons from vietnam. general livingston stayed in the military for 33 years. i know that for my brother-in-law jack who stayed
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in the military for 22 years after vietnam, it was a good place for him to be. but for my other brother-in-law my wife's brother who was a helicopter pilot in vietnam, he got out after his tour. and it was very very challenging for him. to try to blend in and forget to pretend he was not a vietnam veteran which at that time so many who invented vietnam had to do. it was a challenging time and our nation treated our veterans and the shameful manner. it was a difficult time for a country. and certainly a difficult time for veterans or it was a hard time for the army i know area. we learned, i think the reason you see over 40,000 military nonprofits out there today and there are over 40,000 that popped up in the last 14 years i think one of the reasons is because people are aware of what
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happened. when our vietnam veterans were treated poorly. and like me, many of them wanted to die than to try to prevent that from happening to our active-duty servicemembers in iraq and afghanistan area education as i was saying is such a critically important parts of letting our young people understand why it's important area it's a very very small percentage.
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this begin will -- this project will act as a vegan -- beacon. we want our young people to understand something greater than themselves you're it that doesn't mean it always applies to war. the legacy of the medal of honor is about so much more than it isn't. that's why this museum project is important. i encourage you to go to mo to learn more about it. we have a museum in new orleans honoring the service of our world war ii veterans and educating our young people as to what happened when freedom and
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tyranny were the only choices in the world. i think this medal of honor museum will be a great education for people. president hughes: before i ask you a question or two about hollywood, i just have some housekeeping. national press club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists and we fight for free press worldwide. for more information on the club, visit our website, and to donate to the institute, visit press .org/institute. cardinal donald world -- whirl will discuss pope francis'
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encyclical. our journalism institute will hold sessions on cyber security. barry trots will address a national press club luncheon. i would now like to present mr. sinise with our national press club mug. [applause] those are very special, valuable gifts and you now have four i believe. you are working on the set. in the timer meaning, i wanted to ask you. you mentioned that you can use your celebrity status to promote these causes. you keep working on that end of your career as well and you've got a new series upcoming. could you tell us about this new
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tv series you are beginning? gary: oh yeah, "-- oh yeah, the job. csi new york went off the air in february of 2013. since then, i have been pouring all my energy into the military support and veterans report foundation. traveling around the country and the world raising awareness and that kind of thing. i was approached by cbs about doing a pilot for a new spinoff series of the show "criminal minds." we shot the pilot and it was an episode of the "criminal minds" series when they introduce a new team of the international division of the fbi. and the behavioral analysis unit. they picked us up.
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i am going back to work july 27, we start shooting in california. we will explore the international division as i said . every week we will be in a new country chasing bad guys and trying to protect americans. [applause] president hughes: in preparation for this role, you are doing some work out here as well. gary: yes. tomorrow, i'm actually going out to the fbi and i will be visiting and getting some briefings, meeting some people doing some research for the part. i get to do that tomorrow and this will be my first time there. i am very much looking forward to it. one of our technical advisors is an fbi guy who moonlights as a writer. president hughes: please join me
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in giving a round of applause to our speaker today. [applause] gary: thank you for having me. president hughes: i would also like to think the press club staff, including its journalism institute and broadcast center for organizing today's event. if you would like a copy of today's program or to learn more about the national press club, again you can go to our website i want to thank all the service organizations that have joined us today and made it extra special. we at the national press club are grateful for all of the work that you do. thank you so much. we are adjourned. [applause]
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>> next, michigan center -- michigan senator debbie stabenow discuss government divisions. then a discussion with ruth bader ginsburg. then, another chance to see gary's any. -- gary sinise. this week on newsmakers, the supreme court seemed to issue its ruling on the affordable care act, louisiana senator bill cassidy who is also a medical doctor talks about the health care law republican plans to replace it, and other health care issues. he also talks about energy climate change, and politics.


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