Tom Hanks Helps Army Veteran Fulfill His Dreams

The Hollywood star mentors Staff Sgt. Gabriel Posey on becoming a screenwriter.
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And finally tonight, our bob woodruff is hereh what grateful americans can do for those who served the country. More than 200,000 troops are expected to retire from the military this year, and many of them are looking for a friend and mentor in their new careers. And, one of them found the mentor of his dreams. Our abc news series, "standing up for heroes." Reporter:32-year-old gabriel posey, a staff sergeant in the army, just returned from the sands of afghanistan. But here in los angeles, he's about to get a huge surprise. He knows he's been matched up with a mentor to help him get a start in the field he dreamed about much of his life. Screen writing. What he doesn't know is that his mentor is one of the biggest names in hollywood. Brothers were killed in combat. Great thing about so many people in the military is, man, they are really good at solving problems. Those people are worth their weight in precious metals. Reporter: What would be the number one thing you would tell to gabriel about getting into the film industry? Okay. You have got to say, I know who I am, I know what my skills are and I'm in this for -- I'm in this for the long haul. Perseverance. Reporter: I told gabriel that his mentor wasn't really well known. Just someone with connections. I lied. I'm going to show you who this is. I think you'll be very happy to see who it is. Oh! Wow. No way. I love tom hanks! Gabriel! Tom hanks. Reporter: With a pot of today, the sergeant got to learn from this actor, writer, producer and more. Have you ever tasted failure while writing, and how do you Oh, yeah. And you cannot let that get in your way whatsoever. Reporter: Now, gabriel is making plans to move to hollywood, to stay in touch with his mentor and hopefully to fulfill his lifelong dream. Bob woodruff, abc news, los angeles. I'm in the right place. I tell you that much. More about mentors and the troops at abcnews.Com/heroes. And we thank you for watching on

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