So Thursday evening at dinner with my friends James and Irma, James asks me what I’m doing the next day (James and I are working on some content for the Hearing Loss Magazine and have a photo shoot and interview to do this coming week).
The next thing I know, I’m eating bbq with him in the parking lot of BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center, where my mom spent many hours in the care of her remarkable doctors and nurses) and photographing celebrity chef Robert Irvine (from Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible) and actor/activist/director/musician Gary Sinise (best known as Captain Dan in Forest Gump; currently starring in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)! I didn’t get a lot of photos because of the crowd, but here are some that made the cut. (The man with Robert and Gary is the Commander of BAMC, Col (P) Jeffrey J. Johnson.) Good use of my Nikkor 80-400 lens!
In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation began building specially adapted custom smart homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its Building for America’s Bravest partner program. Each home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In 2013, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program.
For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. As a part of the Foundation, the band is raising spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide.
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Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, from Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible series
Robert Irvine being interviewed at the Gary Sinise Foundation event at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)
Actor Gary Sinise and celebrity chef Robert Irvine
From left: Actor Gary Sinise, BAMC Commander Col (P) Jeffrey J. Johnson, celebrity chef Robert Irvine
BAMC Commander Col (P) Jeffrey J. Johnson presented plaques and t-shirts to Robert Irvine and Gary Sinise.
Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and actor Gary Sinise