Sinise lends a hand to injured veterans

‘Forrest Gump’ actor brings his band to second annual Lt. Dan Weekend

Bikers escort a New York City firetruck and a steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center to a reception Thursday to kick off Lt. Dan Weekend in Beaufort, S.C. A golf tournament, a concert by the Lt. Dan Band and an art exhibit were among events that honored military personnel and veterans (Associated Press)Bikers escort a New York City firetruck and a steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center to a reception Thursday to kick off Lt. Dan Weekend in Beaufort, S.C. A golf tournament, a concert by the Lt. Dan Band and an art exhibit were among events that honored military personnel and veterans (Associated Press)
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He said he has been walking on artificial legs for about six months and has gone water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing and sky diving.

“It’s all about who you are. If you are self-motivated and want to go out and do that stuff, you can,” he said.

But he is not sure he wants to stay in the Marines.

“Unless they give me my metal detector back, I don’t want to stay in,” he said. “I’m not the kind of guy to sit behind a desk.”

Mr. Danyluk said it’s sometimes hard for people to deal with the severely injured.

“It’s really painful to look at somebody who has a severe injury and you can’t help think, ‘What if it was me?’ ” he said.

“Not everybody wants to go to a hospital and visit wounded soldiers,” Mr. Sinise said. “As many as the dozens and dozens of times I have visited the hospital, there is always a little bit of apprehension because you don’t know what you’re going to see.”

But as you get there, he said, “You forget about yourself and put yourself in their shoes, and they are happy to see you.”

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