Hollywood stardom and liberalism seem to go hand-in-hand, but there are a few famous faces in Tinseltown that are brave enough to go against the status quo and publicly show their support for conservative, all-American values. One such actor just dropped in on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to bring them some early Christmas cheer.
The U.S. military has not been clear on how many American troops are still in the two countries, but there could be close to 16,000 in Afghanistan and more than 8,000 in Iraq, according to Business Insider. Recognizing that these brave men and women are about to face another Christmas away from their families and friends, award-winning actor Gary Sinise — best known for his role as Lieutenant Dan in “Forrest Gump” — headed to the Middle East to lift their spirits.
According to Fox News, Sinise showed up at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday and thanked the military personnel for their service. He posted photos of himself eating with the troops and visiting a military hospital.
He also hung out with American service members at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Thursday afternoon, Sinise posted photos of his trip Wednesday night in Baghdad, Iraq.
This isn’t the first time he’s made this trip.
Sinise’s fans appreciated his gesture. He also helps support service members, veterans, and first responders through his Gary Sinise Foundation.
While Sinise’s doesn’t make a lot of public political statements, this isn’t the first time his views have been brought to the forefront. Some liberals in the Los Angeles area had a problem with him being chosen as the grand marshal for the upcoming Rose Parade on Jan. 1.
The Rose Parade’s President Lance Tibbet said Sinise had been selected because, “Gary’s humanitarian work with our defenders, veterans, first responders and their families over the years embodies our theme to the fullest,” but critics felt his views did not reflect the city of Pasadena because the actor had once founded a group for Hollywood conservatives.
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