Hollywood star, Gary Sinise, has once again partnered with American Airlines this year to offer an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World for family members of fallen heroes on the “Snowball Express”.
The incredible actor who once played “Lt. Dan” in Forrest Gump, a Vietnam veteran who lost both his legs in the war, is known to always go out of his way to ensure vets and the families of fallen soldiers are well taken care of.
Today begins our GSF Snowball Express #14. Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel with surviving parent or guardian, over 1,750 in all, via our travel partner @AmericanAir to Disney World as part of our @GarySiniseFound Snowball Express program. pic.twitter.com/lvDfMhXXcR
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) December 7, 2019
On its website, The Sinise Foundation explained, “The holidays can be especially challenging for grieving families. Each December, we host a five-day experience for 1,750+ children of the fallen and their surviving parent or guardian. As a therapeutic retreat with a blend of fun and inspiring programs, these families can lean on their peers for support.”
The operation included families from 87 different U.S. cities flying on 13 different charter flights to get to Orlando International Airport, according to a media release
Around the nation today, families of fallen service members are departing for Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, as part of Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express. Ferried by @AmericanAir, the 5-day trip pays tribute to their sacrifices. #SBEGSF #SnowballExpress pic.twitter.com/l2kM8guytF
— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) December 7, 2019
The Senior Vice President of Operations at American, David Seymour, said, “This event highlights the caring nature of the American team.
“I’m honored to work with so many generous colleagues, not only those who have volunteered their time to fly and serve the families in the air, but those who have spent countless hours coordinating gate-side celebrations in scores of airports around our system.
“Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express is a remarkable program that continues to impact Gold Star families, and it is our deep privilege to partner with the foundation to honor them. As a company, and as a nation, we can never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”
Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express families were celebrated this morning at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL whose cast members put on quite a show with fireworks, snow, and more as families paraded down Main Street U.S.A. to the Magic Castle. #GSFSBE #SnowballExpress pic.twitter.com/wLwZM1I6UX
— GarySiniseFoundation (@GarySiniseFound) December 10, 2019
Gary Sinise is truly an angel sent down to watch over veterans and the families of fallen soldiers as he goes and beyond to make sure they all get the help and support they need. God bless this amazing man.
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