Updated 03/12/2012 08:21 PM
Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band to perform benefit concert for local veteran
He's an actor and a musician, and he's bringing his talents to Albany. Gary Sinise came to the Capital Region to announce plans for a concert. As our Beth Croughan tells us, it's for a very important cause.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dozens and dozens of motorcycles made their way down Washington Avenue Monday, leading the way to the Armory for a local hero.
It's where a benefit concert will be held on April 28th to raise money for Air Force Tech Sergeant Joseph Wilkinson. The music will be played by the Lt. Dan Band - named after a movie character played by their bassist, Gary Sinise.
"Lt. Dan, yes, I know, Lt. Dan. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. You got me today," said Sinise at a press announcement.
Sinise joined Wilkinson and his family to announce plans to build them a brand new home.
Since his last deployment in 2005, Wilkinson has suffered from the Gulf War Syndrome. The father of three is unable to walk and is in a wheelchair.
"Just give me more freedom, you know. Let my wife kind of go back to her life and kind of getting out of the whole nursing, care-taking thing," he said of what the new home would mean.
It's a program called "Building for America's Bravest." Sinise said he's teamed up with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to build 10 "smart homes" this year.
"We can never do enough for our veterans," he said.
Even Wilkinson plans to pay it forward by helping other wounded warriors; but come April, it is him, the community can help.
"Boy, I can't wait to rock and roll. I've seen em' a few times in concert and he's one heck of a bassist. Boy, they're great. All different kinds of music so there's something for everybody. Oh yeah, we'll be rocking the Armory," said Wilkinson of the concert.
Tickets are on sale now at the Washington Avenue Armory or online. The show is on April 28th.
If you can't attend but would like to make a donation for the project and the Wilkinson family, you can stop by any Trustco location.