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The “Building For America’s Bravest” Program, a joint project established in 2011 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and the Gary Sinise Foundations to assist America’s most seriously wounded veterans, awarded the city of Temecula with the “Community Patriotism Award” for its outstanding support for veterans and their families at the benefit concert on November 2nd, 2013. A portion of the benefit concerts’ proceeds will stay in Temecula, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation said.
The City of Temecula was honored for their ongoing commitment to and involvement with wounded veterans during a presentation to Mayor Michael S. Naggar at the Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band benefit concert on Nov. 2nd at Town Square Park.
In a venue that continued to grow as tickets were sold out, Temecula residents, and fans of the Lt. Dan Band and all they represent, gathered to support the Building for Americas Bravest programs and hear quality jams by Gary Sinise and company.
Proceeds from the concert are directed toward building additional “Smart Homes” for severely wounded veterans, such as the smart home built for triple amputee USMC Corporal Juan Dominguez and his family, completed here last year. The Lt. Dan Band and the Tunnel To Towers foundation honored the City of Temecula with a percentage of funds from the concert, toward Temecula’s Wounded Veteran programs.
Temecula’s Mayor Protem Marryann Edwards led off the evening.
Chairman Frank Siller of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation stated, “When Gary’s foundation and ours partnered on our ‘Building for America’s Bravest’ Program two years ago, we knew we would meet wonderful people who could support members of our military who have sacrificed so much for us.”
“The people of Temecula have set the standard for how communities across America can embrace and connect to our most seriously wounded military heroes.” Siller said.
Following a video montage of Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, for which Gary Sinise is so acclaimed, the band took the stage, ready to rock with Temecula. Sinise on bass guitar, drew from his set list of everything from Marvin Gaye, Zac Brown Band, Jimi Hendrix, to Evanescence.
“It’s so much more than coming in, building the home, and leaving. Community support and acceptance of these brave heroes is vital to their reclaiming their lives after serious and debilitating injuries. Temecula has done that for Juan and America and our Foundations are grateful.” Sinise said during a recent interview. “The support that Juan and his family have received from this community is the model of what the Building for America’s Bravest Program has set out to do.”
Of Gary Sinise and his ongoing evangelism for wounded veterans in our country and serving overseas, he is often referred to as a “Modern day Bob Hope.” Now, an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps, Sinise will continue his efforts on behalf of America’s bravest.
For more information about Lt. Dan Band: http://www.ltdanband.com/
For more information on the Gary Sinise Foundation: http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/
For more information on the Building for America’s Bravest Foundation: https://ourbravest.org/