Gary Sinise plays to airmen at Eglin AFB with 'Lt. Dan Band'

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fl. (WJHG/WECP) - The man known as "Lieutenant Dan Taylor" to many American service members around the world came to Northwest Florida Saturday to perform to airmen and their families. Gary Sinise spoke one on one with News Channel 7's Jennifer Holton in an interview before the concert.

Q: How has your role as Lt. Dan evolved into this band and putting on these concerts all across the country and the world?

Gary Sinise: Well I remember my first trip overseas for the USO was to Iraq, and this was prior to my television series, CSI NY. So I started visiting troops over there and no one knew who my real name was, and they all started calling me Lt. Dan, and I realized this entire generation has seen this film, they relate to that character in some way, and the more that happened, the more i realized that that role was going to be with me for a long time.

Q: You go to all of these military bases around the world, what do you think is the biggest issue plaguing our veterans right now?

Gary Sinise: One thing I always talk about is just remembering them. It's very easy for people who are have personal relationships with someone in the military to forget that we have defenders out there 24/7, many in harms way who are out there protecting us and trying to do the dangerous work to keep us free. So I always try to make sure people are aware we have those folks out there, and that we should support them no matter what. That's why I'm here, I'm here for the members of the service that deserve some support and someone like me comes out there, maybe it'll lift their spirits up and let them know there's a grateful nation out here.

Mr. Sinise has been performing with the Lt. Dan Band since its creation in Chicago in 2004.