Actor and military supporter Gary Sinise signs a copy of his autobiography: “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service,” for a Fort Belvoir Commissary patron at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Feb. 14. Sinise signed 600 copies of his book in two hours.

Actor and military advocate Gary Sinise brought his just-released autobiography to Fort Belvoir as part of a two-week book signing tour Feb. 14.

And 600 books and hundreds of service members and veterans were waiting.

Sinise autographed copies of “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service,” for over two hours in the commissary courtyard. The Fort Belvoir event was the first military base stop on the book-signing tour. In return for his signature, Sinise received a multitude of thank yous, handshakes, and hugs during his time in northern Virginia.

“I just wish I had more time,” Sinise said during an impromptu press conference before catching a flight to Las Vegas. “Sometimes the amount of people that are there and the amount of time I have just don’t go together. Sometimes, I have to race through it. I hope people know I appreciate them coming.”

The Sinise autobiography was released Feb. 12. Other military base stops on the tour include Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Sinise wrote the book explaining his journey through acting and transitioning to a voice and supporter for wounded warriors, service members, and veterans.

“Over the past couple of decades, I’ve built up an extensive travel history of going to places all over the world and visiting people and meeting a lot of inspirational folks through the service work,” Sinise said. “I just started documenting some of that. Then it kind of turned into a broader thing. I decided to do an autobiography that would take me from a singular focus of my acting career and how I got into that to the broader focus of service to others and supporting our military men and women. It turned into quite a little journey.”

Sinise became a grandfather for the second time earlier this month, and even though he is looking to stay home more in the future, the Forrest Gump actor said he will return to Fort Belvoir with his Lt. Dan Band May 23.

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