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Gary Sinise plans benefit to build home for wounded Marine

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Actor Gary Sinise, who played a soldier in the movie "Forrest Gump" who loses his legs in Vietnam, plans a benefit concert to raise money to build a home in Temecula for a Marine from Camp Pendleton who lost his legs and right arm in Afghanistan.

Sinise, now starring in TV’s “CSI New York,” is set to address the Temecula City Council on Tuesday. The concert tentatively would be March 1 at Town Square Plaza and feature Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, named for his character in “Forrest Gump.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation plan to build a specially equipped home for Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez, who was wounded in Sangin, Afghanistan, in October 2010.

The two foundations have built several such homes for wounded veterans.

The concert, Sinise said in a statement, will “recognize the heroism, sacrifice and dedication Juan has displayed.”

Sinise is involved in a number of activities supporting U.S. troops, including a recent visit to Naval Medical Center San Diego to meet with Marines and soldiers who have had limbs amputated.

Providing that the Temecula council approves the benefit, tickets will be available at www.temeculatheater.org or at (866) 653-8696.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Gary Sinise as Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump.” Credit:  Paramount / Reuters

 
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