The Gary Sinise Foundation

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NEMRA is devoted to its philanthropic efforts, so we partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to “do a little more” for our nation’s military heroes and their families throughout the coming years.

Established under the philanthropic direction of actor Gary Sinise, an advocate of our nation’s defenders for nearly 40 years, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.  The foundation accomplishes its work through a number of national and local programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. Gary Sinise reminds us, “While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”

NEMRA members may get involved and support our nation’s heroes in a variety of ways and in cities and towns across the country. Gifts in-kind of materials, installation or volunteer hours are also greatly appreciated! Contact the Gary Sinise Foundation at and mention you are a member of NEMRA to learn about specific projects in your area. 

Together, NEMRA and the Gary Sinise Foundation will “do a little more” for our nation’s defenders in 2023 and beyond.

Donate by clicking the button or submitting the form at the bottom of this page..

Restoring Independence. Supporting Empowerment

NEMRA is a proud partner of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) Initiative. Through R.I.S.E., the GSF is building specially adapted smart homes for our most severely wounded heroes, as well as providing home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to our injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging heroes.

The simple tasks of everyday life are easy to take for granted. But living in total reliance on caregivers for even the most mundane, sometimes very personal tasks is a reality for many severely wounded veterans. R.I.S.E. was established to provide these heroes and their families with the resources to overcome their new life challenges. The Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to helping our wounded heroes increase their mobility and reclaim their self-reliance. 

Visit to donate to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. specially adapted smart homes initiative directly. You can also donate quickly by submitting the form below, where 100% of all proceeds go to the GSF.

Home Modifications, Mobility Devices & Adapted Vehicles

Many wounded heroes lack the means to update their homes and customize their transportation to suit their individual needs. GSF is providing our injured, wounded, ill and/or aging heroes with the resources they need to regain their mobility and independence.

Specially Adapted Smart Homes

GSF is constructing one-of-a-kind homes for our nation’s most severely wounded heroes. The initiative predominantly supports post-9/11 defenders injured in combat operations or during training while performing their duties. These 100% mortgage-free homes ease the daily challenges faced by these heroes and their families who sacrifice alongside them.

Since NEMRA has begun its philanthropic efforts to support the Gary Sinise Foundation, NEMRA has collected and contributed a total of $46k+ funds!

Thank You To Our Philanthropic Sponsors!