Patricia Heaton Nominates Gary Sinise for TIME 'Person of the Year'

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Posted: Dec 12, 2018 9:05 PM
Patricia Heaton Nominates Gary Sinise for TIME 'Person of the Year'

Gary Sinise, aka Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump, has spent the last several years humbly serving our nation's veterans. The Gary Sinise Foundation, created in 2011, has helped rebuild homes, performed concerts, and provided almost 200,000 meals to service men and women.

For his latest Herculean effort on behalf of our vets, Sinise sent over 600 Gold Star families to Disney World via his foundation's Snowball Express program. The initiative was created for a simple, yet heartwarming goal: Make sure Gold Star families enjoy the holidays. 

With all of Sinise's commendable work on behalf of America's finest, some are wondering why he has not yet piqued the interest of the editors at TIME Magazine, who every year crown someone "Person of the Year."

The 2018 "Person of the Year" award went to "The Guardians," a group of journalists who were either killed, jailed or faced other forms of persecution for trying to seek the truth, the editor-in-chief explained during the reveal on NBC's "TODAY." One of the recipients was Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had often spoken out against the Saudi government before being murdered in October. In 2017, TIME gave the "Person of the Year" title to "The Silence Breakers," the group of women who spearheaded the "Me Too" movement.

Among the other nominees this year were Robert Mueller, the separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump, Christine Blasey Ford, and Meghan Markle.

Sinise wasn't on the short list, but he's at least got Patricia Heaton's vote. The actress went ahead and nominated him for the accolade on her Twitter page this week.

Heaton's petition was seconded by fellow actor James Woods.

Sinise may not have won this year's title, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He's too busy making kids smile this Christmas. Learn more about his foundation here.