Warrior Wishes Come True In San Francisco!

July 11, 2016

Well it wasn’t the Westin,but the couches at San Francisco airport are better than sleeping on a bus- so my dad was pretty refreshed and ready to go for Day 2 hosting warriors at AT&T Park . 


Today’s game was a 1:10 start my dad is hosting Army Sgt JR Lugo, who served 12 years and 2 tours of duty. My dad headed over to MoMos – our meeting place for 2nd straight day, to set up brunch . Unfortunately, due to construction and traffic , Sgt Lugo and his friend Carla arrived a little late, so we just grabbed some nachos to carry us over until after the game. 


My dad gave them their New Era Giants Caps and walked over to the stadium to take a few pics & escorted Sgt Lugo & his friend into the stadium.  Everyone in San Francisco was trying to get their hands on first place Giants tickets. The cheapest ticket to get in the stadium today was $71.  so my dad did not get a ticket for himself. Instead he walked around and took some “scenic” photos, including “his view” of the game out by the bay 

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Inside the stadium, Junior and Carla were having a great time. They even sat next to a Navy Desert Storm vet. 


Sgt Lugo & all the Giants fans were treated to a great game and an exciting 4-2 victory over the DBacks, with a huge go ahead home run in the 4th inning by Grant Green.


My dad met back up with Sgt Lugo & his friend after the game and they had a delicious dinner thanks to Lucky Strike across the street.  It gave my dad the opportunity to get to know Sgt Lugo and personally thank him for his service & sacrifices.  My dad also learned Sgt Lugo uses MMA fighting to battle his PTSD & He is a ranked fighter in California!  We look forward to attending one of his fights in the future. 


JR posted “I love meeting new people and making friends! Met a fellow veteran and friends from the valley.   Shoutout to @WarriorWishes for the food(thanks to Lucky Strike), tickets & Caps (Thanks to New Era)!!!  Definitely a great experience & reminds me why I am so proud to be called a veteran!!!  Craig is the man!!!  Thank you Warrior Wishes!”

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank New Era Cap for their continued support every game in providing our heroes with their favorite team’s caps and to Lucky Strike for Postgame dinner.  But most importantly thanks to Army Sgt Junior Lugo – for his 12 years of service and sacrifices.  


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As our guests headed back to Salinas, my dad walked down the Embarcadero (along the bay) and did some sightseeing at Fishermans Wharf before he hopped on his 10:30 overnight bus to LA.  Stay tuned for details.  



My name is JR Lugo. I am a 34 yr old army combat veteran and a single father of a 12 yr old princess. I served in the army from 1999 to 2012. Mixed time between Active duty and reserves. Served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Served two tours in middle east.


I graduated from Hartnell College with honors with an AS in administration of justice and an AA in social sciences. I start my jr yr of college in the fall at Cal State University Monterey Bay where I will be majoring in Psychology. Due to my PTSD I would get into a lot of trouble when I first got back but I found a way to let my stress and anger out in the form of Mixed Martial Arts or better known as MMA. I was the #1 ranked Heavyweight in 2012 with a 5-0-1 record and currently have a Professional record of 7-3 with six finishes, four of them coming in the first round.


I work with at risk teens in my community in the Salinas Valley. My goal is to make my community a safer place and teach our kids that their is an alternative way to let out your aggression. I thank God for allowing me to live my dream and I am proud to have worn the uniform and to have served my country proudly!!!!

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