They say actions speak louder than words, so judging from the huge number of deeds of kindness he is doing for people in need, especially injured veterans, actor Gary Sinise is definitely on the top of the list of people who are making a change and help move this world forward.
Since he has started the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Forrest Gump star helped build over 70 small adapted homes for veterans.
The description of his foundation says: “At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”
“He protected our freedom, and this is our way to say thank you.” Marine Josue Barron lost his leg following an IED explosion in Afghanistan. The Temecula veteran now has a 100% mortgage-free and fully accessible home, thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation https://t.co/Km92WPKXx2
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 5, 2021
Josue Barron is one of the Marines who received an adapted home. Barron, who is now a father of three, joined the Marine Corps when he was only 17 years old.
Speaking to ABC7 News, this brave young man said: “I didn’t have a dad, so the Marine Corps became my father. There was discipline, so I feel like it became that role model that I needed to become who I wanted to become.”
He was passionate about his job and was proud of serving his country and his people, but then, a tragedy took place. During his deployment in Afghanistan, an IED exploded and Barron lost his left leg and his left eye.
“I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I knew what I wanted. One thing I didn’t know was, I didn’t expect to lose a limb,” he told ABC 7.
Walking with a prosthetic leg is causing Barron pain. He is always looking forward to sit in his wheelchair and relax after a day out.
Get to know USMC Corporal (Ret.) Josue Barron, who is scheduled to receive his new R.I.S.E home in 2020. Josue, who joined the Marines at 17, was wounded by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan. He hopes his new home reestablishes his independence–> https://t.co/BakrP9Tcdm pic.twitter.com/y2ke0KsjIX
— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) June 1, 2019
He says that his wife and his mother, two strong women he can always count on, help him every step of the way. And now, Sinise is stepping in by giving Barron a home.
The veteran got a call from the actor himself when he was delivered the news.
Elizabeth Fields, CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation said: “Living in a house that is not accessible to you, you’re challenged every single day to do the daily activities that normal people do.
“Just being able to roll into the shower without jumping any obstacles, to be able to come home and have the whole house accessible to my wheelchair and me, it’s definitely going to change my life.”
“They’re a lovely family, so deserving, he protected our freedom, and this is our way to say thank you.”
Next month, retired Marine Josue Barron and his family will move into a R.I.S.E. specially adapted smart home. It culminates the direction he’s taken his life since an IED derailed it nearly 11 years ago. A journey that’s always been about purpose. https://t.co/gSMZPGsit4 pic.twitter.com/YhLeEwf3NC
— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) February 9, 2021
We can never thank Gary Sinise enough for everything he is doing for our veterans. As for Barron and his family, we are very glad they were chosen to get the new adapted home they needed so much.
Take a look at the video below to learn more of Barron and the Gary Sinise Foundation.