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Gary Sinise benefit for wounded Marine approved by Temecula

The Temecula City Council has approved a proposal by actor Gary Sinise to hold a benefit concert to build a specially equipped home for a Marine who lost his legs and right arm in Afghanistan.

Sinise's Lt. Dan Band will play at the March 1 concert to benefit Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez, wounded during the fight in Sangin in October 2010 while assigned to a battalion from Camp Pendleton. Dominguez, 27, is an outpatient at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Sinise, who portrayed a soldier in the movie "Forrest Gump" who loses his legs in Vietnam, addressed the Temecula council Tuesday night and thanked council members for supporting the fundraising effort by his foundation and the New York-based Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The two foundations are building nine homes this year for wounded veterans across the United States under their "Building for America's Bravest" program. Three homes were built last year.

The concert in Temecula, Sinise said, is an opportunity to "honor Juan's heroism" and let him and his 9-year-old daughter "lead the best life possible."

Tickets for the concert will go on sale at Old Town Temecula Community Theatre box office, its website or (866) 653-8696. The concert will be at the Town Square City Plaza.


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


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