Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise has used his star power to help rebuild the lives of Iraqi school children.

The Forrest Gump actor co-founded Operation Iraqi Children - an organisation which sends out classroom supplies to improve children's education in the war torn nation.

On visiting the country, the big-hearted star was horrified to find some schools without paper, pencils or books and immediately set up the charity upon his return to America.

He says, "One school I visited, rebuilt by the troops, it originally didn't have a floor. It was just dirt and there were no windows. It was just kind of cinderblocks."

To date, his organisation has sent out more than 100,000 school kits but Sinise is modest about his achievements.

He says, "It's just a way to give back, just a way to do something to help out."