Watch Gary Sinise Salute the Service of a Veteran Who Decided to Pay It Forward

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Army veteran Jay Collins and Gary Sinise are featured on the "Variety Salute to Service" special. (History)

Gary Sinise joins an all-star group to honor American service this Veterans Day on the Variety Salute to Service special, airing November 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the HIstory Channel.

Sinise is joined by an all-star group from music, movies, television and news to honor an impressive group of veterans and organizations who support them. Trace Adkins; Kevin Bacon; Bryan Cranston; Morgan Freeman; Jake Gyllenhaal; Tamron Hall; Kellie Pickler; Kelly Ripa; Shaggy; and Wilmer Valderrama will all appear alongside Lt. Dan to honor the military.

Gary introduces Jay Collins, a retired Army Green Beret. While serving in Afghanistan, Jay was shot in the leg but continued to serve for almost six years before choosing to have it amputated.

Collins is now an Invictus and Warrior Games athlete and a marathon runner. That experience makes him a great motivational speaker and leadership consultant. Gary knows Jay because the Gary Sinise Foundation has given the Collins family a specially adapted smart home through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.

The clip profiles the work that Jay Collins is doing to pay it forward through his work with the Operation BBQ Relief foundation that helps feed displaced people in disaster zones.

In addition to the Gary Sinise Foundation, the special will highlight the work of Headstrong, Team Rubicon, The George W. Bush Institute and the USO.

Variety's Salute to Service event has traditionally been a luncheon event in Hollywood but 2020 forced organizers to come up with a new format and the good news is that we now get this program to enjoy on Veterans Day.

"Words cannot express our gratitude to the veterans for all their sacrifices for our freedom, but this Veterans Day, we strive to honor those fearless men and women. It was crucial to us to keep our annual Salute to Service event going and to pay tribute and recognize those who have given so much to keep our country safe and strong," said Penske Media Corporation Vice Chairman, Gerry Byrne. Byrne is a United Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and PMC is the company that owns Variety, the Hollywood trade paper that put together this program.

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