Award winning actor Gary Sinise surprised some local high school students with a $60,000 check Wednesday so they can begin construction on a wounded veteran’s home.
Operation All the Way Home (O.A.T.H.) was started by a group of Lancaster High School students less than a year ago aimed at building a “smart home” for wounded soldier Jerral Hancock and his family.
On his 21st birthday, Hancock was riding in a tank in Iraq when it was struck by an IED. Hanckock was paralyzed from the chest down and had his left arm amputated. he also suffered brain trauma and had to undergo skin grafts.
“I don’t know why I survived, but I have two kids that need taking care of,” Hancock said.
Hanckock, who is confined to a wheelchair, is now raising his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter alone, after his wife left him.
“The first three or four years, I was quite angry at the world. But came to the conclusion that that’s not going to do anything for me,” Hancock said.
Sinise has also joined O.A.T.H.’s fundraising efforts by scheduling a Lt. Dan Band Benefit Concert on May 10 at Jet Hawks stadium in Lancaster. More information about Sinise’s efforts to support Hancock is on the actor’s foundation’s website.
Tickets to the concert can be purchased at oathtickets.com.
Courtney Friel reports from Lancaster for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on April 23, 2014.