NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Associated Estates (NYSE, NASDAQ: AEC), a real estate investment trust (REIT) with more than 13,000 apartment units throughout the United States, today announced a dynamic partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF), a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Gary Sinise. GSF provides a variety of support services to our nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Associated Estates' commitment includes responding to GSF's unique veteran-specific requests and bringing more awareness to GSF. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131111/CL13831) The announcement of the partnership coincides with Veterans Day and Associated Estates' 20 th anniversary of its listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Representatives from Associated Estates and the Gary Sinise Foundation celebrated the partnership by ringing the NYSE Closing Bell today. Wall Street continues to recognize and honor those who serve our country. Listed companies aligned with GSF participated in both the NASDAQ Opening Bell and NYSE Closing Bell ceremonies. After decades of humanitarian work by Sinise, GSF has become a go-to organization for those looking to support our veterans. "As part of our Associated Estates Cares initiative, we are committed to addressing health, hunger and education," said Jeffrey I. Friedman, chairman, president and CEO of Associated Estates. "Wounded United States veterans are often challenged with adjusting to post-service life back home. Through our partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, we can better enhance their quality of life and give back to these women and men who have contributed so much to protect our freedom." The increasing number of service members who need support as they transition into civilian life is an important issue that requires our country's attention. GSF and Associated Estates recognize the incredible need that exists among wounded U.S. veterans in particular.