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Lt. Dan Band strikes up morale at Keesler

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The sound of rock music and loud cheers filled the Welch Theater as Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band put on a concert for the men and women of Keesler. The band has been touring for almost as long as America has been fighting the War on Terror, and Sinise said it's been a pleasure to support the troops. [SOUND BITE] Gary Sinise, actor and military advocate I think it's helpful for them to know that there are people that aren't in the service that are right there with them, and have been for over a decade, you know, since they've been deploying and sacrificing. Their families have gone through a lot. I've met a lot of great people and they inspire me every day. The band partnered with the United Services Organizations about 10 years ago and has traveled the globe performing for countless service members and their families. Sinise said it's truly a labor of love. [SOUND BITE] Gary Sinise, actor and military advocate I pay the band and the USO helps cover all the production side of the cost. The band is part of a nonprofit for me...it's just really there to make sure our military knows that we care about them and we want to give them a good time. You know, I try to do that as often as I can. The band took its name from a character Sinise played in the 1994 film, "Forrest Gump." Lieutenant Dan was a soldier in the Vietnam War before being badly wounded and becoming a double amputee. Sinise said that role inspired him to become connected with America's wounded warriors, and his Gary Sinise Foundation provides a number of services to those men and women. [SOUND BITE] Gary Sinise, actor and military advocate We have a home building program where we're building houses for our wounded. I'll use the band to go out and raise money for that because we have to raise a lot of money to build these special homes. We've already put quadruple amputees into special homes and we've got several projects that are under construction right now. Sinise said the concert as Keesler -- just like any other shows the band plays -- really is all about giving back. [SOUND BITE] Gary Sinise, actor and military advocate You know, the important thing for me is that everybody here knows that we appreciate what they do, and that's why I came. The USO is always there for you, and I'm always there for the USO. We're here together doing a good thing to make sure the men and women here at Keesler know that we're grateful for what they do.