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'Forrest Gump' star promotes special homes for wounded vets

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Actor Gary Sinise is playing a new role and it's not coming from a flashy Hollywood script.

"I value my freedom and I value the ones who provide it for me, and if there's something I can do, I do it," Sinise said.

Sinise is in Tampa to promote a program for wounded vets called Building for America's Bravest. It's a program that builds "smart homes" for severely injured servicemen.

Each home is designed for that vet's special needs.

Mike Nicholson, a triple amputee, is getting a smart home in November.

"The counters are really high, reaching for stuff. It's really high, but all these homes take care of that they take away all those challenges," Nicholson said.

Sinise, who played LT Dan in the award-winning film Forrest Gump, says he's putting his star power to good use.

He formed the LT Dan Band. Money raised from each benefit concert goes to building a new "smart home," which is not cheap.

Each designer home can cost as much as $500,000.

As for Nicholson, he will be moving into his new place this winter. It will be a homecoming fit for a hero.

"It's humbling, really humbling to do this for people he didn't know," Nicholson said.


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