My dad spent months planning to make warrior wishes come true in San Francisco during Super Bowl week. He was able to set up events to host heroes almost every day of the week leading up to the big game.
In past years what is formerly known as “Media Day” was always on Tuesday. So I booked my dads flight for less than $100 round trip leaving Tuesday morning in order to get him in town before media day began. The only problem was that they changed “Media Day” to “Superbowl Opening Night” this year & they changed it to Monday instead of Tuesday.
But that didn’t stop us from making warrior wishes come true! Thanks to the NFL & the SAP center, we were able to send Army SPC Alex Vega, Navy Warrior Sal Duenas, Army SGT Christian Valle & their families to Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday.
The Warriors got to watch & listen live as media outlets from all over the world asked Broncos & Panthers players questions. It was a great way to kickoff the week!
My Dad will be flying in first thing Tuesday morning & will be making Warrior Wishes come true all week long!
MEET THE WARRIORS
Alex served from 2001-2004. He served on a peace keeping mission in kosovo in 2002 & then on a deployment to Iraq in 2003. He now works full time & enjoys spending time with his family.
ARMY SGT CHRISTIAN VALLE
On Oct. 23, 2005 Army SGT Cristian Valle was on patrol performing a vehicle checkpoint in Balad, Iraq when a mortar round with a grenade attached was thrown out the window of a passing vehicle. The grenade exploded a few feet away from SGT Valle, tossing him into the air. He lost one of his legs immediately and the other was so severely damaged it was eventually amputated. He also sustained a pelvic fracture, burns and significant blood loss.
After SGT Valle was tossed into the air and landed on the ground, through the dust and smoke, the first thing that caught his eye was his wedding ring and he says that is what pulled him through. He spent 13 months at Walter Reed, where he had multiple leg cleaning surgeries and months of physical therapy. Today he is continuously adjusting to his condition.