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The Houston Astros Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

This week my dad has been on the road making Warrior Wishes come true in Detroit, St. Louis, Arlington & Houston.

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After making wishes come true at the Astros game yesterday, my dad just barely made the last #102 bus to the airport to get a few hours of sleep before taking the first bus back out to the stadium early Sunday morning to meet today’s new warriors.

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Today we had the honor of hosting Army Sgt Jeramie Green  & Marine Daniel Espinoza at the Astros game.  

The Astros were honoriNg SGT Green as their “Hometown Hero” today, so needless to say, we were excited for the game!   Daniel would have also been honored for his service, but he was the Astros “Hometown Hero” 2 years ago.  

My dad was looking forward to meeting Dan & catching up with SGT green & his family again.  They were our Cowboys guests in 2014.

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Everyone met at Biggios Restaurant at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 11:00 AM for brunch before the game.  My dad was familiar with The Marriott Marquis, because it was the site of 2 of our Super Bowl events this past afebruary.  The NFL’s Hall of Fame Luncheon and the Super Bowl Breakfast. Biggios, owned by Astros long time second baseman, Craig Biggio, opened the restaurant for the first time during Super Bowl week.  

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Thanks to Biggios, the warriors & their families were treated to a delicious brunch.  Biggio’s is not your average sports bar.  Two 30-foot tall high-definition screens will keep you entertained during any season and their extensive beer list is sure to impress. You can Enjoy signature dishes such as Texas Wild Boar Bolognaise and Burnt End Tacos alongside classic favorites like Loaded Nachos and Crispy Wings.  My dad, the warriors & their families truly enjoyed getting to know each other over some great food & drinks!  After brunch, everyone walked down the street to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.  

They snapped a few photos in front of the stadium with their brand new New Era Caps before heading inside. 

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The Warriors got to sit in the exclusive Hometown Hero seats designated specifically for the Astros guests of honor.  As we mentioned before, Today was a special day for Jeramie and his family, as he was being honored on the field as the Hometown Hero. In the third inning, the Astros staff escorted him down through the tunnel and onto the field. His daughter KK went down with him and as the inning ended, the PA announcer introduced him to the crowd. Minute Maid Park exploded into applause.  Jeramie received a standing ovation for his service & sacrifices.  My dad was able to capture the special moment with some great pictures! 

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After the recognition ceremony, They returned to their seats to enjoy the rest of the game.  The first place Astros gave them plenty to cheer about as they went on to win the game 7-2.  

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Marques at Biggio’s Restaurant for providing brunch & New Era Cap for the awesome new Astros caps for the warriors we also want to send a special thank you to Andrew & the Houston Astros for their continued support of our mission each year.  They truly went above and beyond to help us provide an unforgettable experience! 

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE! 

Most importantly thank you to Army SGT Jeramie Green and Marine Daniel Espinoza for your service to our country!  It’s appreciated, it has not gone unnoticed & it will never be forgotten!  

My dad will be hopping on a bus for the next 18 hours to make wishes come true in Kansas City.  Stay tuned for more details!  

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Warrior Wishes Come True At The Astros Game!

After another unforgettable day making Warrior Wishes come true at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, my dad headed south to host warriors at the Astros game!

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Thanks to our good friends at Globe Life, my dad actually got a good nights sleep in a hotel!  A little too good, because he almost missed his 10:45 bus ride…

He arrived in Houston at around 3pm and immediately made his way to Minute Maid Park to pick up tickets and set up dinner for the warriors.

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He had planned on having dinner at the Restaurant in Westin Hotel down the street, however, but both of the warriors could not get there til 5:00, for a 6:10 game.  So instead he set up a quick bite to eat at Home Plate Bar & Grill located directly across the street from ballpark.

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Today we had the honor of hosting 2 Marines at the Astros game.  Sgt Luis Morales and LCpl Casey Buentello

Sgt Morales and LCpl Buentello actually knew each other and had attended other similar events, even though they were nominated separately.  My dad enjoyed getting to know them a little bit over a quick burger & some nachos, before walking across street to Minute Maid Park.

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Before heading inside, he presented each of them with brand new New Era Astros caps and they posed for a couple pictures in front of the stadium. 

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The warriors enjoyed watching Texans Defensive end, JJ Watt, throw out the first pitch & got to see a pitchers duel between the A’s & Astros.  All 3 runs scored in the game were solo home runs. Unfortunately the A’s hit 2 & the Astros only had 1…

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Despite the loss, the guys had a great time.  We want to thank Home Plate Bar & Grill for providing a quick meal before the game & New Era Cap Company for providing the warriors with new Astros Caps!  

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

My dad will be spending the night in Houston, before making his way back to the Astros game tomorrow to make more Warrior Wishes come true!  Stay tuned for more details!

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Warrior Wishes Come True Thanks To The Houston Astros!

My dad has been on the road since Tuesday.  In 4 days, he has made Warrior Wishes come true at 2 Kansas City Royals Games & 2 St. Louis Cardinals games. 

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Once the Cardinals game had ended and the Warriors were on their way back home, my dad did his best to stay up all night to catch his 2 am $10 bus to Dallas.  I called him at 1:30 to make sure he was awake.

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My dad said he doesn’t remember much of the bus ride as he slept for 12 of the 15 hours.  Thankfully the bus was on time, as he had less than an hour to spare to catch his connecting bus ride for $5 to Houston.  

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He arrived in Houston around 10:30pm and had spent more than 20 hours on the bus!  I offered to get my dad a hotel, but he said he had been sleeping all day. He declined my offer & found a gym to get a good workout in and clean up.

He text me this morning and said this is where I slept 

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He was obviously joking, but it wouldn’t have surprised me.  My dad made his way down to Minute Maid park first thing in the morning to meet up with Army SFC Omar Hernandez, Army SPC Jonathan Molina and their families to host them at the Astros game.  

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Both SFC Hernandez & SPC Molina have been guests of ours before at Texans games, but it’s always great to keep in touch and continue to remind them that their service and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.  Plus today we also had the opportunity to host their families as well and the Astros had kids day where kids got to run the bases after the game!  

Before the game we had lunch courtesy of Home Plate Bar & Grill located directly across the street from the main entrance of Minute Maid park.  It the premier spot to meet up for delicious food and drinks before and after Astros games!

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With full stomachs my dad let everyone choose a new New Era Astros Cap & everyone made their way across the street into the park.  The Houston Astros provided awesome seats for the Warriors & their families.  

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The Warriors must have brought the Astros good luck as they went on to beat the division leading Seattle Mariners.  

After the win, the kids made their way down to the field to take a trip around the bases. It was a perfect way to end the day.  

We would like to thank the Houston Astros for providing tickets, New Era for providing Astros Caps & Home Plate Bar & Grill for hosting us for a delicious pre game meal. 

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!  

My dad is getting treated to a 4 star hotel tonight thanks to the Priceline “Name your own price” tool.  I offered $65 for the room and the deal was accepted!  It was cheaper than naming my own price for a 2 star hotel & couldn’t pass it up.  

He will be back on the bus at 7am to make his way back to Dallas where he will be making Warrior Wishes come true in a “suite” way at the Rangers game thanks to our friends at Globe Life Insurance!

Check back soon for more details.

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MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY SPC JONATHAN MOLINA

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Molina was injured on December 20, 2007 in Iraq. His injury took place while in route to their FOB. He was the driver of a humvee that hit a pressure plated IED. Our friend & 49ers Warrior (2012), Wesley Leon-Barrientos, was in the vehicle with Jonathan when the IED Exploded. Wes was left a double amputee while Jonathan sustained multiple fractures to his spine and hip area, a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury and developed PTSD shortly after.

Physically, Molina has healed well and has learned to tune out the chronic pain left by his injuries. Each day is a different day when dealing with the PTSD. He is grateful for everyday & so thankful to have made it this far.

ARMY SGT 1st CLASS OMAR HERNANDEZ

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Army SGT 1st class Omar Hernandez received his first call to battle in 2003 as a combat engineer in Iraq. On June 6th, 2007 during his 3rd deployment, while on patrol, Hernandez and his comrades were ambushed. Before he could return fire, Hernandez was hit by a bullet that went through his leg. Ignoring the pain in his leg, Hernandez carried 2 other wounded soldiers to safety under heavy fire. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star.

“I couldn’t let anyone die out there, exposed like that,” Hernandez said. “They were under my command. I didn’t want anybody under my command to die.”

After recovering from his gunshot wound, he was deployed Afghanistan. On this deployment, Hernandez was removing a fellow soldier from harm when he fell into a well, and broke both of his legs. For his efforts, Hernandez received the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) with the V Device, signifying his actions of valor in the battlefield.

After all that he has endured, Hernandez says that he would do it all over again. “Even knowing how it feels to be shot.  He Said “I’m just glad that I was able to serve and do my duty to earn my freedom.”

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2016 “Battlefields to Ballfields” Schedule Released!

After a successful 2015 “All32in17” mission completed, we are proud to announce our upcoming schedule for our 2016 “Battlefields to Ballfields” Mission.   We are currently accepting nominations.

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to seeing you all on the road this summer as we honor our Nations’ Heroes from the “Battlefields to the Ballfields”

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The Houston Astros Honor a Hero & Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

We had a “Suite” time at the Rangers Game Making Warrior Wishes come true thanks to Globe Life Insurance & the Texas Rangers.  After the game, my dad made his way over to the Omni hotel nearby and spent the entire night working on planning details for the next few weeks of ourBattlefields To Ballfields Mission.

At 4am he boarded a Greyhound bus to Houston to meet up with SSG Shilo Harris.  My dad told me this morning that Shilo is “one of the most amazing and inspirational warriors” he has ever met.

As the son of a Vietnam veteran, native Texan Shilo Harris knew he always wanted to be a soldier. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he enlisted as a Cavalry Scout in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany with the First Infantry Division when he deployed to Iraq in February 2004.

On his second deployment in August 2006 with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, NY, Harris worked near southern Baghdad on route clearance. On February 19, 2007 the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED, killing three of his crewmembers and leaving him with catastrophic injuries. He is missing his ears, the tip of his nose, three fingers, fractured his collar bone and the C-7 vertebrae, and suffered partial to full thickness burns over 35% of his body. He spent nearly three years in the burn unit of Brooke Army Medical Center.

 This is What was left of Shilo’s vehicle after the blast.

SSG Harris Retired from the military in 2010, today he is a motivational speaker and urges his audiences to welcome veterans and warriors home. The Harris family resides in south Texas and was awarded a new home, which was featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on December 11, 2012.

Visit Shilo’s website (www.ShiloHarris.com) and see video of Shilo’s full story here

Buy Shilo’s Book “Steel Will” Here

It has been a true honor to host Shilo today at the Astros game!  We would like to thank shilo for his service, sacrifices & for never giving up!

We would like to thank the Houston Astros for helping us honor this Inspirational Warrior at the game today.  Shilo got a standing ovation from Astros fans when he was honored for his service and sacrifices at Minute Maid Park in the 4th inning.  We would also like to thank New Era Caps for providing Astro’s caps to Shilo & his family.

My Dad will be staying the night with friends in Houston and plans to honor warriors again tomorrow at Minute Maid Park thanks to the Astros, before making his way back to the midwest to host heroes at the Cardinals game.

Operation Warrior Wishes has proudly honored warriors at 34 games in the past 32 days on our#BattlefieldsToBallfields mission.