Don Brunell | Lt. Dan Needs Lots of Helping Hands

By Don C. Brunell

Sinise’s organization also links high school students with World War II veterans for tours of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He believes it is vital for young Americans to understand what our veterans have sacrificed.

That link is weaker today. Today, with no military draft, less than 2 percent of our population is defending the rest of us.

“Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted,” says Sinise. “We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security.”

Far too many veterans, particularly young men, are committing suicide. In 2014, the Veterans Administration pegged the total at 20 per day. Part of Sinise’s work is connecting vets so they support one another.

Thankfully, Gary Sinise has made year-around commitments to help the vets and their families. Wouldn’t it be great if other entertainers joined Sinise? Lt. Dan needs lots of helping hands.

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com.