NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On the evening of May 21st, Sailors and Marines will gather, along with their supporters, to kick off New York City's 2015 Fleet Week with benefit concert headlined by Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band and Bill O'Reilly. Co-presented by Gary Sinise Foundation and Independence Fund, the benefit will take place at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square, and will raise much needed funds to help our nation's wounded veterans.
Sinise, whose is widely known for his Oscar nominated performance as "Lt. Dan" in the 1994 film Forrest Gump and his lead role in the CBS drama, CSI: NY, has been involved in helping and supporting those who serve for over thirty years. Following the attacks on September 11th, Sinise began taking part in handshake tours for the USO, which led to the formation of the Lt. Dan Band in order to entertain and lift the spirits of those who serve around the globe. In 2011, he formed the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor our nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. "I am thrilled to be able to be a part of the 2015 Fleet Week," said Sinise. "The reception we receive in New York is always incredible and the compassion and dignity with which New Yorkers treat our injured veterans is truly first-class." Proceeds will be donated equally to the Gary Sinise Foundation and The Independence Fund to provide the tools, guidance and therapies that our severely injured veterans are otherwise not being provided with.