"If someone like me goes out there and says thank you and pats them on the back and plays a little music for them and shows up...I think that can help, and I'm just trying to help. That's it," said Sinise.
And so is Kimo Williams, a Vietnam vet who started the Lieutenant Dan Band with Sinise. Williams also founded the United States Vietnam Arts Program. That non-profit group now helps injured vets through art.
"I wanted to provide what I call artistic tools....to these soldiers...if they have a vision of themselves as artist...they need to have the tools that would allow them to meet this vision," said Williams.
Those artistic tools are now gifts - a guitar for Parsons.
"I've always wanted to play guitar since I was a kid," said Parsons.
And a camera for Narvaez. Because of a brain injury, she says she can no longer read or write. Pictures will tell her story.
"This has just been literally like a God-send, it's my dream now," said Narvaez.
Two vets honored and recognized in front of hundreds at this Chicago bar. Two vets who will now have another way to express themselves.