We had a “Suite” time at the Rangers Game Making Warrior Wishes come true thanks to Globe Life Insurance & the Texas Rangers. After the game, my dad made his way over to the Omni hotel nearby and spent the entire night working on planning details for the next few weeks of ourBattlefields To Ballfields Mission.
At 4am he boarded a Greyhound bus to Houston to meet up with SSG Shilo Harris. My dad told me this morning that Shilo is “one of the most amazing and inspirational warriors” he has ever met.
As the son of a Vietnam veteran, native Texan Shilo Harris knew he always wanted to be a soldier. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he enlisted as a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany with the First Infantry Division when he deployed to Iraq in February 2004.
On his second deployment in August 2006 with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, NY, Harris worked near southern Baghdad on route clearance. On February 19, 2007 the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED, killing three of his crewmembers and leaving him with catastrophic injuries. He is missing his ears, the tip of his nose, three fingers, fractured his collar bone and the C-7 vertebrae, and suffered partial to full thickness burns over 35% of his body. He spent nearly three years in the burn unit of Brooke Army Medical Center.
This is What was left of Shilo’s vehicle after the blast.
SSG Harris Retired from the military in 2010, today he is a motivational speaker and urges his audiences to welcome veterans and warriors home. The Harris family resides in south Texas and was awarded a new home, which was featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on December 11, 2012.
It has been a true honor to host Shilo today at the Astros game! We would like to thank shilo for his service, sacrifices & for never giving up!
We would like to thank the Houston Astros for helping us honor this Inspirational Warrior at the game today. Shilo got a standing ovation from Astros fans when he was honored for his service and sacrifices at Minute Maid Park in the 4th inning. We would also like to thank New Era Caps for providing Astro’s caps to Shilo & his family.
My Dad will be staying the night with friends in Houston and plans to honor warriors again tomorrow at Minute Maid Park thanks to the Astros, before making his way back to the midwest to host heroes at the Cardinals game.
Operation Warrior Wishes has proudly honored warriors at 34 games in the past 32 days on our#BattlefieldsToBallfields mission.