Hollywood star Gary Sinise has been recruited as national spokesman for the US Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation.

Sinise, who played Vietnam veteran and amputee LIEUTENANT DAN in Forrest Gump, hopes to help the group raise $65 million (GBP37 million) to build a memorial to disabled soldiers in Washington.

He says, "I am deeply moved to have been asked to participate in this absolutely necessary memorial."

Co-founder of the charity, LOIS POPE, said of Sinise: "His portrayal in Forrest Gump of a soldier who loses his legs in the Vietnam conflict brought home the terrible price our men and women pay in the fight for our country's freedom."