The actor Gary Sinise is perhaps best known as Lt. Dan from the movie “Forest Gump,” but the celebrity has also made quite a name for himself as an advocate for veterans, which is why Sinise will appear before Temecula’s City Council this week to ask permission to hold a benefit concert on the steps of City Hall on behalf of a wounded veteran named Cpl. Juan Dominguez. The veteran suffered injuries in Afghanistan and the concert would support the construction of a home for Dominguez.
In a press release, the actor commented, “I’m deeply honored to have the opportunity to address the Temecula City Council. I see our concert as a tangible way to recognize the heroism, sacrifice and determination Juan has displayed as he attempts to move past his injuries. I firmly believe our concerts will go a long way towards helping build a home for Juan that will allow him to lead a more independent and fulfilling life with his 9-year-old daughter Victoria.”
Dominguez is a native of New Mexico, but has chosen to make Temecula his new home, which led Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington to comment that “He sees Temecula as a great place to live; he's impressed with the school system and the safety of the community.” The North County Times reports:
“Mayor Washington said Friday that foundation officials decided to stage the concert in front of the Civic Center after seeing pictures of the Steve Miller concert that was held there in September. ‘They were very impressed,’ he said.”
If the council grants its permission (as it surely will), then the concert is slated for March 1st and tickets will go on sale at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, with prices ranging from $35 to $150.