Welcome to Championship Sunday!! Who are you rooting for? Rams or 49ers? Chiefs or Bengals? We have a friendly rivalry going on in Kansas City today!!!Our Warrior Guest TSgt Billy O’Brien will be teamed up with his Army buddy JB Artley rooting for the Bengals … but sitting right next to him is our other Warrior Guest Hero Army Major Oliver
“Dan” Gibson and his 18-year-old son Jackson rooting for the Chiefs. The trash talking has already begun and hoping the fighting is at a minimum…LOL …and no matter who wins, they will both treasure today’s special Operation Warrior Wishes Experience.
THANK YOU Don and Robyn Munce for hosting our heroes at tailgate today and all season long(Thanks Jeff and Jeremy too) and MOST IMPORTANTLY THANK YOU Billy and Dan for service to our country.
For anyone that watched, or even heard about, the Chiefs-Bills Playoff Game, it is pretty unanimous that it was the best game of the 2022 NFL season. Many have said it may have been the best Playoff game in NFL History!!
Well, what if that was the first game you ever went to … that is what happened to our guest 27-year Army Veteran Tracy Henderson. He was there along with his son, Dominique (who has served our country for 18 years himself and is still serving) cheering on his hometown Chiefs to victory …and I
have no doubt the crowd had a part in that victory!!How can he ever go to another game again? Will he think all games are like last night’s Chiefs 42-36 overtime thriller over the Bills?
Our other warrior guest, Army PFC Dustin Lloyd decided to bring his sister, Amber to her first game as well
and they also got to be a part of this historic game!! Dustin was actually nominated for last week’s Chief’s game against Pittsburgh – I’m guessing he is glad he went to this one instead!! And I’m sure his sister is also glad he did!!
Wait I think both teams just scored again.
THANK YOU to Don & Robyn Munce for hosting our heroes at his tailgate last night and all season long!!
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY THANK YOU to Army Veterans Dominique and Tracy Henderson, and Dustin Lloyd for their dedicated service to our country!!
Super Wild Card Weekend continues today as Operation Warrior Wishes hosting and honoring heroes in Dallas and Kansas City.
In the Cowboys/Niners game, a crazy ending fell short for the Cowboys and our Army Sgt John Bentley & his wife, who flew in from Wisconsin to cheer on their favorite team?
Despite the loss, they did have a great time hanging out with a lot of Cowboy fans & new friends at a Tailgate across from ATT Stadium.
In the Nightcap, Army PFC Caleb Dye is spending some quality father-son time with his dad, David and meanwhile, Marine husband and wife Veronica and Thomas Manges, will hopefully still
be talking at the end of the night – she is a Chiefs fan & he is Steeler’s fan
Despite a slow start, the Kansas City Chiefs made most of our warriors happy in last night’s Super Wild Card game, as they defeated the Steelers 42-21. Army PFC Caleb Dye flew in from Florida to spend time with his dad and enjoy this special father-son experience. Local Kansas City Marines,
husband/wife Veronica and Thomas Manges had a little different dynamic – Thomas is a Steelers fan, while his wife is a Chiefs fan, and attended her FIRST EVER NFL GAME!! The irony of all this is that Veronica is at her first ever game, while her husband watched Ben Roethlisberger LAST EVER NFL GAME.
BIG THANK YOU to Jacob at Hilton KC Airport for hotel for Caleb and his dad,
as well as to Scott at Westin DFW airport for Sgt Bentley’s hotel in Dallas.
THANK YOU as always to John and Shawn at BengalBombSquad, Julio ”Prime”at America’s Tailgate and Don Munce at the Chiefs tailgate for their incredible hospitality.
MOST IMPORTANTLY THANK YOU to all our heroes – Army Sgt Paul Mann at Bengals first playoff wins in 31 years yesterday, Army Sgt John Bentley at the Cowboys/49er thriller and Army PFC Caleb Dye and Marines Veronica and Thomas Manges at Chief-Steelers for their service to our country.
Army Veteran Paul Mann was our guest at Bengals game in 2017, along with few other veterans & his friend Mike Dycus.
Unfortunately, his friend Mike passed away in December& his best memories of his friend revolves around Bengals games.
We told Paul “We have to get you to a Bengals game in honor of your friend Mike”-so he is enjoying today’s Bengal Raiders game, wishing he was there with his friend but dedicating it to him.
His nephew Brayden is there with him cheering on the Bengals …and we are pretty sure Mike is watching our hero and cheering for a big Bengals win from heaven!!! THANK YOU for your service, Sgt Mann!!
Marine John Hinz proposed to his then Fiance, Amber at the Final Viking Game ever played at the Metrodome!
Today, Sgt Hinz and his wife, were our guests at the Bears-Vikings final 2021 season game at US Bank Stadium.
In addition, we also sent Army Sgt John Whelpley and his wife, along with Army Sgt Richard Ader and a buddy to enjoy the Vikings 31-17 comeback win over the Bears after being down 14-0.
Meanwhile in Cleveland, Army Sgt Brian Cole’s daughter and cousins watched the Browns win their final game of the 2021 season over Cincinnati Bengals.
THANK YOU to Brian, Meg, Todd, and Brett for donating Viking tickets and to Ralph for donating Browns tickets!!
MOST IMPORTANTLY THANK YOU to all our heroes who attended the games
for their service to our country.
Stay tuned for some great events over the next few weeks and months as we continue to host and honor heroes for our 10th Anniversary Season in 2022!
What a crazy way to start the New Year and to “Kickoff” our 10th Anniversary year of OperationWarriorWishes in 2022. Despite 7 Covid cancellations and 1 weather cancellation(due to cold & snowstorm in Chicago) in past 24 hours,we were still able to fill all 20 spots for our heroes in Dallas,Chicago
Washington DC and Boston.
This Week we “Kickoffed” our 10th Anniversary year of OperationWarriorWishes in 2022. Despite 7 Covid cancellations and 1 weather cancellation(due to cold & snowstorm in Chicago) in past 24 hours, we were still able to fill all 20 spots for our heroes in Dallas, Chicago,Washington DC and Boston
THANK YOU to Paul in Chicago, Phil and Patrick in Maryland, Jim in Boston and Tyler in DC for donating 14 extra tickets to Washington, Patriots, Bears and Cowboys games to add to our own 6 season tickets.
Marines David Hale and Alfredo Castro enjoyed a Bears win in the cold with their sons, while Army Sgt Serjio Alverio and Navy & AirForce Vet Michael Pickens also braved the cold with friends and family to see the victory.
In Washington DC, Navy Veteran Al Waters and his nephew, along with Navy Veteran Deborah White, Victor Gloria and their son Kingston, the Birthday Boy were all hoping for a Washington win, but the Eagles got the victory 20-16 to stay in playoff hunt.
Army veterans Vincent Kennedy and Army Major Clifton Cunningham also enjoyed the Eagles-Washington game in much milder weather than Chicago.
Meanwhile in Dallas, Army Veteran Benjamin Bell and his Police Officer wife Kerri are just getting ready to cheer on their Cowboys in a huge game against the Arizona Cardinals.
THANK YOU to Tailgate Ted in DC, Lorenzo and Tim in Chicago, Julio and Lloyd in Dallas and even Clayton in Boston for hosting our heroes all across the country at their tailgates.
As Always, MOST IMPORTANT THANK YOU to all of our heroes who were able to attend today’s games(and also those who were under the weather and could not attend ) for their service to our country !! See less
In KansasCity,our friend Army Sgt Austin Burchard and his wife Donna enjoyed watching their Chiefs destroy the Raiders 48-9,with our new guests AirForce Ssgt Mark Schaefer and his 7 year old son Barrett. This was Barrett’s First Game ever & they all saw big win.
In NewJersey at the Meadowlands we had old friend Marine Alex Rodriguez,
who years ago took a tour of ESPN with us,along with his son Teddy,watch their Jets get defeated by the Saints
30-9. Ironically our other guest Marine
Ed Rivera,was our oldest unfulfilled nomination – his girlfriend at the time
nominated him in 2014,but he was deployed and could not attend. Now 8 years later,he married that girl and has a couple of kids,and we were able to finally meet him & fill that request .
To top it off,they realized that they had actually served together overseas!
But that’s not all – we also hosted 3 others that were a little more happy with the result of the game. New friends AirForceVeterans Danny Cascio
and Becky Delahoussaye,along with Navy Veteran Derek Roth were Saints fans and enjoyed watching their team stay in the playoff hunt with the win.
THANK YOU to Tailgate Joe Maino at the Jets game and Jeff Christiansen at the Chiefs game for providing fun and friendly tailgates in each of the cities.
THANK YOU to Mary Cate from the Jets ,who was an intern with the team when we first met 9 years ago,for the suite(“sweet”)tickets allowing group to
enjoy game in comfort out of the wind
BIG THANK YOU to the Denver Fire Dept and Rescue Rob Tailgate for the incredible reception for our heroes at Sunday’s Bronco game …
GREAT DAY in Denver deserves lots of Thank Yous !! Thanks to Claude and Becky at Elways Restaurant for kicking off the day with a great breakfast !!
Thank You to Jay,David,Joe,Chris,Joel and all the Denver Firefighters who assisted in a great escort to Empower Field at Mile High !! Thank you to Rescue Rob,Bronco Babe and their entire tailgate for their incredible
“Welcoming committee” greeting our heroes!!
Most importantly,Thank You to those heroes – Army Sgt Joel Hunt ,Marine Nathaniel Reese,Army Sgt Brandon Bartlett and Army Sgt Jon Lujan – for their service to our country !!
(It was even more special for Nathaniel as,he was nominated by his wife for this Anniversary gift)