May 21, 8:22 AM EDT
By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Actor Gary Sinise is keeping a promise to help raise money for a southwest Virginia Marine who lost his limbs in Afghanistan.
The star who played disabled Vietnam War veteran Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump” is set to perform with his band named after the fictional character in Martinsville on Thursday. He canceled the fundraiser in March after suffering injuries in a car accident.
Sinise’s foundation is helping build a specially equipped home for 22-year-old Patrick County Marine Cpl. J.B. Kerns. Kerns lost his right arm below the elbow and both his legs below the knees in an explosion in Afghanistan.
The 57-year-old actor says he’s been involved in supporting the military for years but became more active after 9/11.