Away from NFL Turmoil, Gary Sinise Builds Home for Legless Veteran

Mark Judge | September 26, 2017
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Army Capt. Nick Vogt does not stand for the National Anthem.

But then, he can’t. Vogt lost both legs in 2011 in Afghanistan.  

Now Vogt is getting a new, custom-built house in Ohio, thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation, the organization of actor Gary Sinise that supports veterans and first responders. 

While millionaire football players kneel during the National Anthem in protest of, well, something, the “Forrest Gump” and "CSI: NY" actor quietly goes about his business of building specially modified homes for wounded veterans.

In 2011 Vogt was his platoon on patrol in Afghanistan when he stepped on a pressure-triggered explosive device (IED). He suffered such severe wounds that his heart stopped several times as doctors operated to stanch the massive bleeding. Vogt has undergone countless surgeries since his life was saved by soldiers on the battlefield and doctors in Afghanistan, Germany, and the United States. The amount of blood needed to keep the Army Ranger alive, according to family members, is among the most ever given to a wounded service member.

Vogt’s house is going up in Chrestline, Ohio. 

"Not being able to relax in a shower, always having to balance myself, is a huge pain," Vogt told ABC News 6. "I'm probably going to have an accident at some point or another.”

The Sinise Foundation is building a home to fit Vogt’s wheelchair and to provide internet-powered amenities Vogt and his family will be able to control from an iPad. The Sinise Foundation has built more than 60 homes for veterans since 2010. 

"Gary's involvement with veterans started before that movie," said Scott Schaeperkoetter, who works with the Sinise Foundation.

Colin Kaepernick was not available for comment.

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