The Gary Sinise Foundation, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Semper Fi Fund partnered together to put on a spring carnival at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to honor the men, women and families who make sacrifices to protect the United States of America. The event was held Sunday, the first full day of spring.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, focused on honoring Marines by educating their children, honored Staff Sgt. Jason Ross by awarding his two daughters a scholarship that will guarantee funding for their college. SSgt. Ross has undergone over 240 surgeries over the three years since the incident. He lives in southern California in a home provided for him by the Gary Sinise Foundation in August, 2015.
Award-winning actor Gary Sinise is a passionate supporter of war veterans, and his foundation has focused on building custom homes for those who have lost limbs in duty. Sinise was named an honorary Marine in 2013 and is often called the "Bob Hope" of the current generation.
"I'm trying to do what I can to entertain and support our military. It's an important thing," Sinise said in an interview during the carnival. "We can never do enough for our veterans."
SSgt. Ross's focus became Explosive Ordnance Disposal following his first tour. Ross was injured by an IED during his second deployment in Afghanistan in March, 2011. Both of his legs were amputated, along with part of his pelvic bone. He was transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego after his initial treatment. - KUSI
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