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The Atlanta Braves Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

The Marlins did an amazing job helping us honor Gold Star families & wounded warriors at back to back games.  Unfortunately My dad had to leave the marlins game early last night to start making his way to Atlanta to make warrior wishes come true at the Braves game.

The plan was to take a bus from Miami to Orlando which was supposed to arrive at 4am, then jump on a connecting bus from Orlando to Atlanta which departed at 6am.  With a 2 hour window we thought we would have plenty of time to spare, however, there was an altercation on the bus to Orlando which delayed it and my dad missed the connecting bus to Atlanta.

Eventually he was able to get on a bus thru Tallahassee that took much longer than a direct trip to Atlanta.  Having said that, he spent the entire day riding on the bus and did not make it to Atlanta in time to host the warriors at the braves game, on the bright side at least his bus was still on all four wheels.  More importantly, the hiccup did not stop us from making Warrior Wishes come true!

Today the Atlanta Braves are helped us honor Navy warrior Steve Daigle & the legacies of SSG Christopher Smith & CW4 Clifford Branson.  (See their stories below)

Since my dad’s didn’t make it to Braves game in time to host, we would like to thank Michelle, the survivor outreach coordinator in Atlanta for stepping in to help coordinate everyone.  We would also like to thank Jarod and the Atlanta braves for going above and beyond to provide the warriors & their families a once in a lifetime Braves experience & helping us honor these brave soldiers by providing tickets and Batting Practice field passes, New Era Caps provided Braves caps for the warriors & their families, and Whole foods for provided lunch before the game!

The highlight of the day came when Washington Nationals Star outfielder. Bryce Harper gave Army CW4 Clifford Branson’s son, Jayden, his bat after he took Batting Practice!  He also collected autographs from a few Braves players and got batting gloves from Ian Desmond!

 It’s now midnight on the east coast and my dad has officially arrived in the ATL.  He plans to sleep over at the Bus station & work overnight and I’m hoping that his phone doesn’t get stolen again like the last time he was in Atlanta sleeping at the bus station.  He will be honoring a few warriors &Gold Star Families at the Braves game again tomorrow at our 31st game in 29 days on ourBattlefields to Ballfields Mission!

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RETIRED NAVY PO1 STEVE DAIGLE

Retired PO1 Stephen Wayne Daigle was born in Pasadena Texas on July 20, 1964 and seventeen years later before he had even graduated from high school he had signed up to join the Navy.  Leaving home just a few months after graduation to go to Great Lakes Illinois for basic training.  PO1 Daigle found a career that was filled with many adventures that included 10 years at sea on five different Aircraft Carriers and a Destroyer as a Jet Engine Mechanic.  He has traveled to Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and North and South America.  While serving as a Navy Recruiter in Council Bluffs Iowa in the summer of 1999 Stephen met his wife; Patricia and her daughter’s Alexandria and Shannon, and they were married and became a family the following spring.

In August of 1999, while deployed on the Aircraft Carrier Harry S. Truman during training exercises for a major battle group deployment; Stephen and four other airman were manually loading an external fuel tank onto an F-18 Super Hornet when there was a miss step; PO1 Daigle stepped up to save his fellow airman from getting crushed by the weight of the tank.  In doing so, PO1 Daigle suffered multiple fractures to his vertebrae and ligament tears in both ankles.  After being medevac’d off of the Aircraft Carrier; he reported to Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth Virginia where he had his first of four surgeries; the first one on his back, the next two on his ankles and then the last on his back that resulted in having a titanium rod and screws placed for added support along his spine due to the fractures and degeneration.  It was made very clear to PO1 Daigle from the beginning that he would not be able to return to working as a jet engine mechanic; and thus he spent his time while recovering from his four surgeries on light/limited duty as the Chief Safety Officer at the Wing Command at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia.  In September 2003 after serving 20 years in the Navy PO1 Stephen Wayne Daigle was medically retired.

Since his retirement PO1 Daigle has worked as a travel agent and for the past seven and a half years he has been working for Department of Homeland Security with TSA as a Behavioral Detection Officer in Birmingham Alabama.  He and his wife Patricia enjoy traveling when their schedules permit as well as being major supporters of their college football team at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama.  When they aren’t rooting for JSU they are splitting their time rooting for University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles where their older daughter is in Graduate Studies; or Mississippi State University Bulldogs where their younger daughter will be receiving her Undergraduate Degree on May 8th.

While PO1 Daigle’s injury was not in the heat of battle, he showed his fellow service men and woman what it means to put yourself before others no matter what the cost.  He would rather have taken the pain then watched someone else get hurt; he says that it is what he would expect any of his fellow sailors to have done if they had been in his shoes.  His recovery from his injuries was not an easy journey, and at times he felt very lost and without support; but leaning on his family and close friends helped get him through.  While he is unable to do many things he enjoyed doing before his injury, he is grateful that he is still here to be able to enjoy his life with his wife and daughters.

SSG CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Christopher graduated early as a Senior in January 2006.  He immediately joined the Army in February 2006.

Christopher didn’t put people down he always lifted them up.  Which he felt it was a proud privilege to be a soldier (leader).

As an Army Soldier Christopher was Disciplined, Fierce, Loyal, Respectful, gave Selfless Service, fulfilled his Duty with Integrity, Honor,  Pride in his unit and his country.

SSG Smith’s awards and decorations include, Army Commendation Medal 2, Joint Service Achievement Medal 1, Meritorious Unit Emblem 1, Army Good Conduct Medal 2, National Defense Service Medal 1, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Cluster 2, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 1, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 2, Army Service Ribbon 1, Overseas Service Ribbon 1, Parachute Badge 1, Driver/Mechanic 1.

CW4 CLIFFORD BRANSON

CW4 Cliff A. Branson was born April 06, 1962 in Montgomery, AL.  He attended college at University of Florida and University of Southern Mississippi where he also played football for the universities.  In 1984 he moved to Hillsdale, MI to spend some time with his dad’s family.  There he met Debbie LoPresto and they dated for a month and a half before he joined the Army.

 In Sept 1985 while in flight school at Ft Rucker, AL, Cliff flew to MI to marry Debbie.  After finishing flight school, the couple moved to their first duty station at Ft Lewis, WA (1986-1989).  While there they welcomed their first child, Jeremy Alan.  From Washington they moved to Garlstedt, Germany (1989-1992).

In 1990 while in Germany, their second son, Jordan Terry was born.  Shortly after the birth of their second son, Branson was assigned to Desert Storm where he flew missions every day and was awarded the Bronze Star for his mission.  After a three year tour in Germany the family was assigned to Ft. Ord, CA (1992-1993). On driving out to California, the family stopped in Hillsdale, MI and gave birth to their third child, Kaitlyn Taylor.

The family ended up in Georgia in 1993, stationed at Ft.Gillem.  After three years at Gillem, Branson transferred from the Army to Active Duty National Guard and was stationed at Dobbins AFB where he actively participated in the GA RAID.  Thirteen years after the birth of their third child, the family had a welcomed surprise in Oct 2005 with the birth of their fourth child, Jayden Asher.

CW4 Cliff Branson died on Active Duty July 22, 2006 and was honored with a burial in Arlington Cemetery. His viewing and memorial showed the impact he made on so many lives. He flew the OH-58 helicopter and loved what he did.  He would volunteer for missions at home and abroad.  He was a Christian and was actively involved with the youth and playing the drums for the church band.  Branson’spriorities were God, Family and Country.  His greatest accomplishments were his four children and flying helicopters for the United States Army.

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#BattlefieldsToBallfields Week 3 Recap

My Dad has been on the road making Making Warrior Wishes come true for the past few weeks.  In Total he has hosted over 90 warriors at 30 games in 28 days!  This week Warrior Wishes came true in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Tampa & Miami.

(Click on any Photo to see full details from each game)

My Dad is currently on a Bus and will be making warrior wishes come true this week in Atlanta, Dallas (Arlington), Houston and St. Louis.

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The Atlanta Braves Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

My Dad finally arrived in Atlanta to Make Warrior Wishes come true.  Unfortunately he missed out on hosting yesterday, but thanks to the Atlanta Braves, Warrior Wishes still came true!

After spending the night at the Greyhound station, my dad was ready to host heroes at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.

Today we had the honor of hosting Army Warrior Paul Van Drie & the legacies of SSG Alan Shaw & SPC Phillip Findley.

Thanks to the Atlanta Braves for helping us honor these heroes and their families at the game.  The BRaves provided tickets and pregame on-field batting practice passes.  Players from both teams stopped by to sign autographs and show their appreciation!  We would also like to thankWhole foods Midtown for providing lunch and New Era for providing Atlanta Braves caps for everyone!

My Dad will be on a bus for the next 15 hours making his way to Dallas to make Warrior Wishes come true at our 32nd game in the past 30 days at the Texas Rangers game tomorrow night!  Will he make it in time?  stay tuned…

SSG Alan Wayne Shaw was born Nov. 10, 1975, in Little Rock, AR to Jarrell and Noramae Shaw and was the third of seven children. He and his family are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a 1994 graduate of Wilbur D. Mills High School in Little Rock, AR. Alan then attended Arkansas Tech University before joining the U.S. Marine Corp in 1998. While assigned to 1st BN 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA., Alan served two overseas tours and one sea service tour. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2002 and proceeded to attend University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Alan and Sharrell were married on Oct. 23, 2003 and in October of 2004 he decided once again to serve his country by joining the US Army. Six weeks later he was serving his first combat tour in Baghdad, Iraq. Alan was reunited with his family in March 2005. He left for his second tour in support of OIF II Oct. 4, 2006 and selflessly gave his life for his country on February 9, 2007 during combat operations in Baquabah, Iraq.

Alan exhibited great pride in his military career and was an outstanding leader and friend to his fellow soldiers. He was always among the first to volunteer, as he believed wholeheartedly in his mission as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Alan died a hero to an entire nation as well as to his family and friends.

Anyone who knew Alan will remember his passion for life and his ability to create an environment of happiness for those around him. He was adamant about his beliefs and his plan for the future. Those who were fortunate enough to know him will never forget him and all who loved him will live forever with him in their hearts. He was a loving son, brother, husband, friend and, most of all, daddy. The legacy he has left behind will continue to enrich the lives and loves of all.

Alan is survived by his wife, Sharrell, and three children, Austin, Jourdan and Davyn.

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The Marlins Honor Heroes & Help Make Warrior Wishes Come True For The 2nd Straight Day!

For the 2nd straight day, the Miami Marlins went above and beyond to make Warrior Wishes come true!

Yesterday the Marlins helped us honor the Legacies of a few fallen heroes, today they helped us honor wounded warriors; Army SGT Timothy Bosch (service dog Ranger), Army SSG Drew Inman (service dog Harley), Army SPC James Potter, Army SSG Ronald Rodriguez & Army SGT Demian Fran.

Before the game the Marlins gave the warriors a quick behind the scenes tour before taking them out on the field to meet a few players and watch batting practice.

Marlins pitcher, Mike Dunn, provided the warriors with “All for one, Dunn for all” camouflage t-shirts to wear onto the field.

The warriors were honored by the Marlins for their service & sacrifices and shown on the jumbotron before the game.  They received a standing ovation from the fans in the stands.

Operation warrior wishes would like to thank Angela, Mike Dunn & the entire Marlins organizationfor helping us provide a special day for these warriors & gold star families over the past 2 days.  We would also like to thank New Era for providing Marlins Caps & Hampton inn Blue lagoon for providing accommodations for a few warriors.

My dad is back in the bus tonight.  He is scheduled to arrive in Orlando at around 4am which gives him a 2 hour cushion to catch his 6am bus to Atlanta.   When he arrives in Atlanta, he will immediately make his way to Turner Field to make warrior wishes come true at the Braves game for our 30th game of honoring heroes in the past 28 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission!

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The Marlins Honor The Legacies of Fallen Heroes

After a crazy day in Baltimore, my dad hopped on a bus to Washington DC to catch a flight to Tampa.  He spent less than 10 hours making Warrior Wishes come true in Tampa before hopping on another bus for 5 hours and finally arrived in Miami to sleep at the airport before making Warrior Wishes come true at our 28th game in the past 26 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields Mission.  

Today the Miami Marlins helped us make Warrior Wishes come true & honor the legacies of Army warriors Captain Joseph McClimans, SGT Thomas Bohall, SFC Larry Vaquero-Lugo & Navy HN William Ortega.  (Learn more about the soldiers below) The Marlins went above and beyond to host these soldiers’ surviving family members & gave them a onve in a lifetime experience at the game.

Before the game, the Gold Star Families were treated to field passes to watch the Marlins take batting practice.  Players stopped by to sign autographs, take photos & thank the families for their loved ones service and ultimate sacrifice.

Just before the National Anthem, the Marlins recognized the families on the field & had a moment of silence to honor the legacies of the fallen soldiers.  It was a powerful moment that brought tears to the eyes of many in attendance.

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Miami Marlins for going above and beyond to honor the legacies of these brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  We would also like thank New Era for providing Marlins caps for the Gold Star Families.

For the first time in a week, my dad will be sleeping in a bed and got a hotel.  He will be up early to finalize details for tomorrow’s game and make warrior wishes come true for a group of wounded warriors thanks to the Marlins!

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ARMY CAPTAIN JOSEPH McCLIMANS

Army capt McClimans Joined the Army in 2003.  He served as a registered nurse.  On his first deployment, Josh deployed to Iraq for 15 months.  Throughout his deployment McClimans flew 86 severely wounded soldiers to safety and provided the care they needed in an Army hospital in Germany.  Although josh had many fears during the long flights, where they were shot at by enemy fire, he felt it was his duty to take care of the wounded as they also had families that they needed to safely get back home to.

McClimans was a proud US soldier that once said “I’m not a hero, I take care of heroes.”  He was a good-hearted person. who got along with everyone, and was always willing to help out.  Josh was also a proud father and always made time for family.  He coached his son’s football & wrestling team and was also very involved with the boy scouts.

 Due to his dedication and patriotism, Josh didn’t hesitate when he was called into action for a 2nd time.  On April 22nd 2011, McClimans was walking to the hospital to start his shift in the ER when he was hit by enemy fire.   Army Captain Joshua McClimans made the ultimate sacrifice.

Captain McClimans’ life on earth ended way too soon.  He left behind a young family that needed him.  He had so many unfulfilled dreams and so many plans for the future.  The McCliman family learned a lot from their hero, & continue to keep his legacy alive.  They want to remind everyone to be grateful for family and friends & make the most of every situation regardless of what the situation may be.  Live every day like it’s your last because you never know when it will be, and lastly BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!  It was an honor to host his family at the Marlins game in his Captain Joshua McClimans honor.

ARMY SGT THOMAS BOHALL

In 2005 Thomas Bohall joined the Army & excelled in the infantry. He was ultimately rewarded by being selected to test for the Army Pathfinders, an elite force of highly trained soldiers whose primary missions were to make rescues of surviving passengers and secure downed aircraft, and to engage the enemy during reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines. Thomas passed the rigorous Pathfinder selection process and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Pathfinders Team 3 at Ft. Campbell, KY.

Thomas was deployed in Afghanistan when he was killed in action on May 26th, 2011 by multiple IED attacks while on a reconnaissance mission behind enemy lines during his fourth combat deployment.

SGT Bohall left behind a young wife and a three year old daughter, along with his parents and 3 siblings & Although SGT Bohall is no longer physically with us, his legacy lives on. We are forever grateful for his & his family’s service & sacrifice.  It was an honor to host his parents at the Marlins game in his honor.

NAVY HN WILLIAM ORTEGA

William Ortega, 23, of Miami  joined the U.S. Navy in May 2008 and moved to Camp Pendleton in California to train as a corpsman, which is similar to a medic.  Friends and family knew he wanted to serve his country.

On June 18th 2010 Ortega was was aiding and sheltering a wounded Marine when he was killed in Helmand province was aiding and sheltering a wounded Marine when he was killed by an IED in Helmand province Afghanistan.

HN Ortega is survived by his parents, five sisters, a brother-in-law, and grandparents.  It was an honor to host surviving family members at the Marlins game in his honor.

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The Tampa Bay Rays Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

Since beginning our Battlefields to Ballfields Mission on April 2nd, my dad has taken 15 busses through Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Boston, Washington DC,Pittsburgh, PhiladelphiaBaltimore & now Tampa.  We have  teamed up to honor over 90 warriors at 27 games in the past 25 days.  For the first time on this mission my dad flew on an airplane & made Warrior Wishes come true at the Tampa Bay Rays game!

My dad was greeted by a familiar face at the airport.  ARMY SSG Erick Millette was one of our guests on our original mission to host heroes at all 32 NFL stadiums in one season in 2012.  He made the move to Tampa to get out of the cold and he was going to be one of our guests to the Rays game.  We were also honoring the legacy of Army SPC Emily Saunders & hosting surviving family members in her honor!  (Learn more about the warriors below)

Ferg’s sports bar hosted everyone for lunch before the game started.  The Tampa Bay Rays provided awesome seats for the warriors behind home plate & went on to win the game!

We would like to thank the Tampa Bay Rays for providing tickets, Ferg’s Sports Bar for feeding everyone lunch before the game, and New Era for providing Rays caps for the warriors at our 27th game in 25 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.

Together we make Warrior Wishes come true

Immediately after the game, Erick and his fiance dropped my dad back off at the bus station to catch his ride down to Miami.  He will be spending the night at the airport before making warrior wishes come true for a big group of Gold Star Families at Marlins Park thanks to the Marlins!

Learn more about our MissionNominate Your Hero for an upcoming gameFollow Our BlogGet involvedMake a Donation & Buy Warrior Wishes gear at http://warriorwishes.org/

ARMY SSG ERICK MILLETTE

Staff Sgt. Erick Millette joined the army at the young age of 18.  He considers the soldiers he served with his family.  While Erick was deployed in Iraq in 2006, just one patrol away from going home,  the road erupted beneath his vehicle.  Erick’s knee was torn apart & he suffered a concussion in the blast.  In all he endured a total of 17 IED attacks while serving in Iraq.  Millette was a combat patrol leader, and the way he describes it, the good days for him and the men under his command were few and far between.

In march of 2008, After retiring from the Army, Millette found himself alone in an apartment in Colorado.  He began drinking to escape.  Nobody had called him in months and he said his only “friend” was the guy at the liquor store.

Millette bought a 9 millimeter gun, brought it home and began drinking.  He cleaned his gun and filled the chamber as he continued to drink.  Thankfully Erick passed out before he made the decision to end his life.

When Erick woke up the next morning and saw the gun lying next to him, he knew he nedded help & called 911.  The woman on the other end of the phone helped save Erick’s life.  Erick also credits organizations like Operation Warrior Wishes for helping him feel appreciated for his service & sacrifices.

Millette is now a mentor for soldiers struggling with PTSD and Alcoholism.  He shares his story and helps show these warriors that there is still hope.

We are truly honored to have Erick with us at the Rays game today, we would like to thank him for sharing his story to help others are thankful that he made the decision to reach out for help.   We hope and pray that anyone out there struggling right now can also realize they need help before it’s too late.  Pick up the phone and make the call for help!

ARMY SPC EMILY SAUNDERS

Emily Joy Saunders was born May 29 in Cornwall, England.  She Moved to the U.S. in 1987. Attended Lakewood High School where she received a scholarship to University of Tampa for her excellence in track and cross country. She also attended University of South Florida and earned her BA in criminal justice. Saunders later joined the US Army where she continued her excellence for her physical abilities. She graduated boot camp with the Army Physical Fitness award, and won the Iron Sergeant award in October of 2013.

Emily was physically tough but had a very gentle heart and the most infectious smile.

She’s missed dearly by her son, twin sister, brother & parents.

 See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?pid=168217387#sthash.MAcyPF2b.dpuf

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2015 “ALL32IN17” Schedule Released

Operation Warrior Wishes is proud to announce we will be making Warrior Wishes come true at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season for the 4th season in a row!

See how our mission began in 2012

WEEK 1

9/13/15 Oakland Raiders

9/14/15 San Francisco 49ers

WEEK 2

9/17/15 Kansas City Chiefs

9/20/15 Chicago Bears

9/21/15 Indianapolis Colts

WEEK 3

9/27/15 Minnesota Vikings

9/28/15 Green Bay Packers

WEEK 4

10/1/15 Pittsburgh Steelers

10/4/15 Denver Broncos

10/5/15 Seattle Seahawks

WEEK 5

10/8/15 Houston Texans

10/11/15 Dallas Cowboys

WEEK 6

10/18/15 New York Jets

10/19/15 Philadelphia Eagles

WEEK 7

10/25/15 San Diego Chargers

10/26/15 Arizona Cardinals

WEEK 8

11/1/15 Atlanta Falcons

11/2/15 Carolina Panthers

WEEK 9

11/5/15 Cincinnati Bengals

11/8/15 Buffalo Bills

WEEK 10

11/15/15 Tennessee Titans

11/16/15 Cincinnati Bengals

WEEK 11

11/22/15 Baltimore Ravens

11/23/15 New England Patriots

WEEK 12

11/30/15 Cleveland Browns

WEEK 13

12/3/15 Detroit Lions

12/6/15 New York Giants

12/7/15 Washington Redskins

WEEK 14

12/13/15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12/14/15 Miami Dolphins

WEEK 15

12/17/15 St. Louis Rams

12/20/15 Jacksonville Jaguars

12/21/15 New Orleans Saints

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Warrior Wishes Come True With a Walk-Off Orioles Win!

After an amazing day in Baltimore and a big surprise for 2 Marines, My dad spent the night hanging out at a hotel, that he wasnt staying at, preparing to make warrior wishes come true for day 2 in Baltimore.

Today we had the opportunity to honor the legacy of Army Pvt Kyle Alexander & hosted surviving family members at the Orioles game in his honor.  We also had the opportunity to host Army Warriors Michael Cymek & Kevin Cordner at the game.

ARMY PRIVATE KYLE ALEXANDER

We would like to thank Sliders bar & grill for providing the pregame meal & New Era for providing the warriors with Orioles Caps for the game.

The Orioles ended up winning the game with a Walk Off home run, it was a great way to end the day, however, after the game Camden Yards went on lockdown to help keep fans safe amidst the protests in Baltimore.  There were even talk about fans having to spend the night at the stadium to keep everyone safe.

Thankfully police currently have the situation under control and have just began allowing people to leave the stadium and make their way home.  We are keeping everyone in Baltimore in our prayers tonight.

 My Dad is currently at the Greyhound station awaiting a bus to DC.  He will be hopping on a 5 am flight from DC to Tampa to make Warrior Wishes come true at tomorrows Rays game!

Stay tuned for more details…

It was an honor to host these warriors at the Orioles game tonight.  This was Warrior Wishes 26th game of hosting heroes in 24 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.

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The Baltimore Orioles Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After making Warrior Wishes come true at the Nationals game, my dad made his way to the bus station for a few hours of rest before jumping on a bus to Baltimore to Make Warrior Wishes come true for Marines Reid Bundy & Wes Collins thanks to the Baltimore Orioles!

Marine CPL Reid Bundy was nominated by his wife.  Bundy served in the USMC where he was skilled and trained as a 0341 Mortar-man with 1st Battalion 8th Marines.

In August of 2004, While on his 2nd tour of duty, Cpl Bundy was injured during a mortar attack in Haditha, Iraq. Several other Marines of 1/8 took shrapnel during this attack, all sustaining different injuries. Cpl Bundy received a through and through to his left bicep, severing the radial nerve and suffered “shell-shock.” After immediate treatment in Baghdad, Iraq, he was flown to Landstuhl, Germany where he obtained treatment before being sent back to the states.

One of the other soldiers injured that Day was Marine CPL Wes Collins.  Collins had joined the Marines in 2003.  Just like Bundy, he was skilled and trained as a 0341 Mortar-man with 1st Battalion 8th Marines.

Cpl Wes Collins sustained shrapnel injuries to his arms and legs in the attack.  He was immediately treated in Baghdad, Iraq and was then flown to Germany where he obtained treatment before being sent back to the states.

Both Bundy & Collins were awarded the Purple Heart.

Operation Warrior Wishes teamed up with Cpl Bundy’s wife to help bring these 2 warriors back together for the first time in years!

We set up the surprise at Dempsey’s and had lunch before the game.  Thanks to the Orioles, the reunited warriors enjoyed batting practice from the field!

Orioles Outfielder Steve Pearce helped us make these warriors day special by coming over to thank them for their service & gave them each signed baseball

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

This was the 25th game we have honored heroes in 23 days on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.  My dad will be back at Camden Yards again tomorrow to honor the legacy of Army Pvt Kyle Alexander!

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Back in the Nation’s Capitol Making Warrior Wishes Come True!

My Dad was back on the bus after 2 days of making Warrior Wishes come true in Philadelphia & headed back to DC.

Today we honored the legacy of Army SPC Brian Anderson at the Washington Nationals game & hosted his brother & best friend in his honor.

ARMY SPC BRIAN ANDERSON

SPC Anderson joined the Army in March 2008 and after completing training arrived at Fort Drum in July 2008.  He was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment.

Bucky Anderson was a two-time state champion wrestler, but he didn’t join the military just looking for a fight. “Bucky being a little older, a little bit more mature than most of the folks that might enlist, you know he went in for all the right reasons. He really felt a compulsion to serve his country,” says former wrestling coach Joe Shumate.

On June 12, 2010, three months into his deployment in Afghanistan SPC Anderson made the ultimate sacrifice when his vehicle ran over a roadside bomb in Za Khel, Afghanistan.

Anderson received a commendation for his positive attitude and his ability to spread that positive attitude to his comrades just days before the attack.

Operation Warrior Wishes is honored to help keep this heroes legacy alive

And while Warrior Wishes were coming true in DC, We were also hosting heroes at the Trace Adkins Concert in St Charles!  Trace Adkins took time to meet the warriors!

We would like to thank Onesti Entertainment & O Shows for helping us make these Warrior Wishes coming true!

Learn more about our mission at http://warriorwishes.org/