Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band to play benefit for severely injured Minnesota soldier

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The Oscar-nominated actor who played Lt. Dan in the Best Picture Oscar-winning film "Forrest Gump" is coming to Minneapolis to play a benefit concert for a severely injured Minnesota soldier.

Gary Sinise is set to play with his Lt. Dan Band Aug. 4 at the Pantages Theatre in honor of retired Marine Cpl. Mark Litynski.

Litynski, who is from New Hope, was 23 when he lost both of his legs and most of his left arm in an IED blast in Afghanistan on Nov. 19, 2010. The blast also injured his right arm, shattered his pelvis and drove a rock and other debris into his abdominal cavity.

Litynski is featured in a "Profile in Courage" feature on the Gary Sinise Foundation website.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, and are $39 and $49. Special VIP tickets are also available for $79.

The purpose of the concert is to help raise funds to build a specially designed smart home for Litynski and his wife, Heather, who were both raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis. The couple is currently looking at looking for a plot of land in the area to have their "Smart Home" built.

The Smart Homes are built through the efforts of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Lt. Dan Band performances, which raises funds to build specially designed homes for our nation's veterans.

Twenty-five Smart Homes -- which include fully-automated amenities to help ease military members' drastic life changes and restore independence -- will be built for each wounded warrior and their family by the end of 2013.

For the past 10 years, Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band have played hundreds of shows for soldiers and their families at military bases and other venues all over the world. Among the band members is St. Paul native Molly Callinan, who performs on vocals.

In between, Sinise has been busy as an actor, spending the last nine years starring in the CBS crime drama "CSI: New York."

His other acting credits include the title roles in the TV movies "Truman" and "George Wallace," and the mini-series "The Stand." His film credits include starring roles in such films as "Ransom," "Mission to Mars" and "Of Mice and Men," which co-starred his fellow Steppenwolf Theatre Company alum and longtime friend John Malkovich.

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