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Game 9 – Warrior Wishes Come True In New Orleans!

After a “good nights sleep” on the couch at Dallas Airport after making Warrior wishes come true at the cowboys game, my dad hopped on an early morning flight to New Orleans.

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Upon arrival in the “Big Easy” at around 11:00 AM he reminisced about meeting Taylor Morris, one of our 2012 Super Bowl guests,  at the New Orleans airport and reflected on how far our mission has come since that first season.  

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We have made some incredible memories in New Orleans.  From the hurricanes on Bourbon street to eating Beignets at Cafe DuMonde.  But our favorite memories have been making Warrior Wishes come true at the super dome! 

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Today my dad was honored to host a few of our friends Army SPC Charles “Cookie” Dalgo with his service dog Marshall  and Army SGT Erick Scott with his service dog Gumbo.

Cookie was one of our guests in 2013.  Both he & Erick made the trip from Louisiana to be captains at our 3rd annual golf outing this past August.

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Although Erick was a golf captain, he had never been hosted by us at a game.  Knowing how big of a Saints fan Erick is, We invited him to Be our guest us at this game!

My dad set up lunch for the Warriors at Walk Ons Sports Bar near the stadium before making Warrior Wishes come true at the Saints game! SPC Dalgo & SGT Scott arrived at Walk Ons before my Dad.  They were treated to some delicious appetizers and My dad arrived about 15 minutes later to have lunch.

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Walk On’s was a great sports themed bar in the heart of New Orleans.  Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees, is part owner!  It’s the perfect place to grab food and a drink before or after a Saints game!

After lunch they walked over by the stadium to get some pictures, did a little tailgating with our friend “Cyborg Saint” and got a few photos with the cheerleaders.

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Champions Square was packed with fans ready to party!  What would you expect in the city of one of the biggest parties each year- Mardi Gras.

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My dad walked Cookie and Erick into the stadium before walking around the outside of the stadium to look for a cheap nosebleed seat for himself.  He eventually found one and headed in to meet up with the warriors.

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Both teams were in desperate need of a win.  The Falcons entered the contest 1-1 and the Saints were still winless on the season.  Both teams have potent offenses but very porous defenses so a high scoring game was expected.  The Saints and falcons went back and forth the entire game until late in the 3rd Quarter when the Saints were marching down the field for a touchdown but Drew Brees Pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown the other way.  It was the turning point, the Saints never recovered from that and fell to the Falcons 45- 32.

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Despite the loss, the Warriors still had a great time & it was great to have the opportunity to host Erick & Cookie!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Walk On Sports Bar for lunch , New Era Cap for the Saints caps and Ben “CyborgSaint” Collier for helping us secure tickets and an awesome tailgate!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we would like to thank SPC Dalgo & SGT Scott for their service and sacrifices!

My dad will be flying home tomorrow afternoon to spend a few hours at home before heading out to Cincinnati to make Warrior Wishes come true Thursday Night at the Bengals game!  Stay tuned for more details!  

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Game 8 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Dallas!

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Game 7 – Warrior Wishes Come True In New England!

My dad had the luxury of coming home for a few days & hosted Warriors at Bears & Cubs games.

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He was at the airport first thing Wednesday morning to fly to Boston to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Patriots game.  His flight was delayed several hours due to bad weather & he got to hang out with celebrity dog “Jiff” during the delay. 

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We have made some incredible memories in New England over the years.  

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One of our favorite memories was teaming up with the Patriots to host Boston Bombing survivors and wounded warriors to kickoff the 2013 Season.  

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In total, Since 2012, my dad and I have teamed up to make almost 2000 Warrior wishes come true at over 500 events across the country.  We do our best to accommodate every nomination we receive.  We wish we could make them all come true!  But we get a lot of nominations, especially from some of the more popular teams.  The more popular the team, typically their tickets are more expensive & with limited resources, we can only host a few warriors per game.  

Having said that, 2 years ago we received a nomination from Cara Bronson.  She wanted to surprise her husband with the opportunity to go to a Patriots game.  After patiently waiting, we were finally able to make this Warrior Wish come true for Army SGT David Bronson. We can’t thank the Bronson Family enough for their patience.  

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SGT David Bronson proudly served our country for 6 years.  On September 9th, 2005, while serving in Iraq, David’s life changed forever.  

In his own words “I was the gunner on the trail humvee doing a typical security patrol when our humvee was struck with an IED that consisted of two 155mm artillery shells. My humvee was hit on the drivers side and immediately tore the 300lb rear door clean off the hinges as well as tearing through the turret on the roof of my truck where I was standing.”

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My dad spent the night at the Boston airport and made his way to Patriot Place to meet up with the Bronson’s. Typically we go out to dinner before the game, but our Patriots tailgate is one of the best when it comes to food. The Maine Lobster fishermen Have been hosting and feeding the Warriors since we began this mission in 2012. Not only do they have the best “lobstah” tailgate ever, they also put out some incredible steak, chicken, pork tenderloin and pretty much anything else you want to eat.  As you can see in the photo, I think Sgt Bronson agrees.

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They tasted a little bit of everything and then walked over to the Thursday Night Football set.  My dad had set up getting David and his wife a spot in the PreGame show, as well as an opportunity to meet former Patriot turned broadcaster Willie McGinest!  

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After the PreGame show, we went back over for a little more food and fun at the “lobstah”  tailgate before heading into the game.

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The game itself was a total surprise, even to the most diehard of Patriots fans, as first time ever starting QB Jacoby Brissett Took advantage of his opportunity and led the Patriots to a dominating 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans. He was only playing because Jimmy Garaopolo, who was filling in for suspended Tom Brady, got injured last week and “next man up” .

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Unfortunately for the Patriots , that may be true again next week and Wide Receiver Julian Edelman may be that 4th “next man up” this season.  Reports after the game said Brissett injured his thumb on one of his running plays . Say what you want about Bill Belichek, not many coaches could “reload” like this and be successful.

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Needless to say, SGT Bronson had an awesome experience at the game!  

After the game my dad thanked David for his service one last time, told him to keep in touch and hopped on the train to South Station.  He arrived back in Boston at nearly 2:00am.  

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to our friend Mike Parad for giving my dad a ride to Foxboro, Clayton and his crew at the “Lobstah Tailgate”, the production staff at Thursday Night Football, Willie McGinest for taking his time to meet SGT Bronson & New Era Cap for the Patriots caps!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, thank you SGT David Bronson for your service & sacrifices. It was truly a pleasure to FINALLY meet and hang out with you guys.  We appreciate your patience and sorry it took 2 years – hope we made it worth the wait for you & Cara 

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My dad will be hanging out in Boston until Saturday morning to reconnect with some old friends before flying to Dallas to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Sunday night Cowboys game!  Stay tuned for more details!

MEET THE WARRIOR

ARMY SGT DAVID BRONSON

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My name is SGT(RET) David Bronson. My military career began back in November 2002 when I entered the US Army as a 19 kilo armor crewman on an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank. Shortly after completing my basic training and advanced individual training I deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The unit I deployed with was 3/69 armor battalion 3rd infantry division, Ft Stewart Ga where I served as a loader and gunner.

My unit redeployed to Ft Stewart where we trained heavily to be ready for our next deployment in 2005 in support of OIF3. I deployed again to Iraq in January 2005 to the city of Samarra, 10 miles south of Tikrit and 60 miles north of Baghdad. On this deployment I served as a gunner as part of a PSD team(personal security detachment).

On Sept 9 2005 my patrol started out as pretty much any other but ended up changing my life. I was the gunner on the trail humvee doing a typical security patrol when our humvee was struck with an IED that consisted of two 155mm artillery shells. My humvee was hit on the drivers side and immediately tore the 300lb rear door clean off the hinges as well as tearing through the turret on the roof of my truck where I was standing.

The following 6 days I was in a coma but my medic told me what had happened. When my medic SPC Haigh reached my humvee from the lead gun truck they were unable to get to me because the rear seat was on fire and the passenger side door was damaged by shrapnel making it unable to be opened. After a few minutes they were able to extract me through the roof of the truck and get me to a nearby aid station we had placed throughout the city. At that point I had a chest tube inserted and coded while they were doing so. From there I was transported to balad medical hospital and packaged to make the flight to Germany. Once I reached stateside I was in a coma for another 3 days and later found out that I had coded two more times in Germany while in surgery and also went through 81 pints of blood in the 48 hours following the IED attack.

After roughly a month at Walter Reed in Washington DC I was presented with my Purple Heart award by president Bush after joking a few days prior that I only wanted the president to present it to me(half jokingly). The following year was extremely difficult while learning to walk again after losing my left leg and getting shot in my right knee, I also had extensive damage to my left arm, left lung and left ear resulting in plastic surgery to correct the disfigurement. I stayed at Walter reed for a year and a half until May of 2007 when I was medically retired and currently live in Auburn NH with my wife Cara and our 3 year old son and our 15 month old daughter.

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Game 6 – Warrior Wishes Come True At Soldier Field!

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Game 5 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Cleveland!

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WWII Warrior Wishes Come True At Wrigley Field

It was an honor to host WWII Warrior SGT Dominic Errichiello at the Chicago Cubs Game.  THIS IS THE YEAR!

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The Indians Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After making Warrior Wishes come true at the Buffalo Bills game on Tursday night, my dad jumped on the bus and made his way to Cleveland to host heroes at the Indians & Browns games.

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Game 4 – Jim Kelly & The Buffalo Bills Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

 

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Game 3 – Making Warrior Wishes Come True At The Redskins Game!

After the Ravens & their “Posse” helped make Warrior Wishes come true in Baltimore, my dad took a bus to Washington DC to host a hero at the Monday Night Redskins game.

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He arrived in DC at around 10:30pm. After grabbing bite to eat, he walked over to the Hyatt by the Capitol building to get some work done and eventually ended up at “Union Station” to get a few hours of rest at 3am.

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After a couple hours of sleep, he hopped on the Metro and headed up toward FedEx Field to prepare for the day’s events.  He set up dinner at Outback Steakhouse.  Ironically it was right next to Jasper’s , where we hosted our first Washington DC Experience dinner with Marine Caleb Getscher and his dad Bill in 2012. We hav emade some incredible memories in DC since kicking off our mission in 2012!

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Since he was already by the stadium, he walked around FedEx field taking pictures, including some really cool ones of flags hanging from fire trucks at each of the entrances, to commemorate 9-11 observances.

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Then my dad walked back down to the McDonalds about a mile down the hill to work on some future games and contact today’s warrior Army Sgt Drew Inman, his wife Erin and service dog Harley. They are originally from DC, but have moved to the Tampa area now and have flown in to see friends the past couple days, and go on this Redskins Warrior Wishes experience.

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The Inman’s picked up my dad on their way to the restaurant for dinner & they had a great Pre Game Meal at Outback.  

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One of my dad’s favorite parts of our mission is presenting our warriors with handwritten letters from school kids, who deliver the letters to us every Veterans Day.  The Warriors love getting them , and reading them, as much as we like giving the letters to them. 

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My dad also really enjoys giving the Warriors their New Era caps. Drew loved picking out his new Redskins cap!  

They arrived at the stadium after dinner plenty early because my dad had forgotten about the game being hour later on East Coast – but better early than late . So we had plenty of time to take some photos in front of, and around the stadium. My dad escorted the Inmans into the stadium – they had great seats on the 40 yard line.  While the Inman’s were inside, my dad went out to find a cheap nosebleed seat and met back up with them inside a few minutes later.

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Drew is a lifelong Redskins fan & was super excited for the game! The Redskins dominated early and he had a big smile on his face as he waved his rally towel and cheered the Skins to a 6-0  lead. 

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However, not getting the ball into the end zone during that early domination proved to be their demise, and the Steelers got touchdowns instead of Field Goals.  Antonio Brown & the Steelers went on to dominate the Redskins & won 38-16. Unfortunately, Sgt Inmans  smile wasn’t quite as big as it was In the first quarter, but he and his wife, Erin had a great time and it was a pleasure and an honor to have hosted them . 

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Since they were flying out first thing in the morning, my dad got them a hotel near BWI Airport in Baltimore – Microtel by Wyndham . And since I was also flying out of BWI , they gave me a ride to the hotel after the game . My dad got them all checked in, said their goodbyes and took the hotel shuttle to the airport for a good night sleep.  

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Terry at Outback Steakhouse for the delicious Pre Game meal , Eric at Microtel by Wyndham for Providing the Inman’s with accommodations and New Era Cap for the Redskins caps!  

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

As Always & MOST IMPORTANTLY – THANK YOU to Army Sgt Drew Inman for your service and sacrifice to our country , as well had his wife Erin , who is very involved in the Caregiver side of things for her husband and other military wives.

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Game 2 – The Baltimore Ravens & Their “Super Fans” Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After Kicking off our 2016 mission in Denver on Thursday night, my dad came home for less than 24 hours and was back at the airport to head out to Baltimore & Washington DC to Make Warrior Wishes come true this weekend.

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