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The Boston Bruins Make Wishes Come True!

My dad has been on the road since Thursday making Warrior Wishes come true in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia & Boston!

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After an amazing experience last night at the Celtics game…

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my dad had an opportunity to get a hotel & decided to sleep at the airport instead.  Every penny we save gives us more opportunities to make more wishes come true!

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Over the years we have made some unforgettable memories in Boston thanks to the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox & Bruins.  From last nights “Heroes Among Us” presentation, to a “8 spoke Salute” at the Bruins game.  And who could forget our night of inspiration where we teamed up with the patriots to host & inspire many Boston bombing survivors & wounded warriors opening night of the 2013 season! 

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All of the Boston teams have gone above and beyond to help create special memories & make warrior wishes come true.  For that we are thankful & tonight’s Boston Bruins game was no different. The Bruins set up a little surprise for SGT Jonathan Janiec, our guest to tonight’s game.

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SGT Janiec served in the US Army from 2003-2013.  He deployed 3 times serving in Iraq in 2003-2004 with the 10th Mountain Division (LI).  In 2009-2010 and again in 2012 with the 82nd Airborne Division.  Jonathan grew up in Somerville Massachusetts & is a big Bruins fan!  

Before meeting up with SGT Janiec for dinner, my dad headed to another special lunch at Boston Beer Works for the 2nd straight day.  

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Today he met up with 2 more inspiring Boston Bombing survivors. Jeff Bauman & Roseann Sdoia.  

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Both Jeff & Roseann brought along their life savers, literally. Jeff was accompanied by Carlos Arredondo.  Carlos helped Jeff get the medical attention he needed after the attack & has been there to support Jeff’s recovery every step of the way.  You can read Jeff’s inspiring road to recovery in his book “Stronger”

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Roseann Sdoia brought along her new fiancé,  firefighter Mike Materia.  Mike was one of Roseann’s first responders after the attack. He was there to hold her hand the entire ride to the hospital & has never let go since!  It’s an incredible love story!  Roseann recently wrote a book about her journey too.  It’s called “Perfect Strangers.”  We cannot wait to read it!  

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It is truly incredible to have watched each and every one of the Boston survivors move forward in their own way.  They have never given up & continue to be inspirations!  We are very proud to call them friends and are humbled to have had the opportunity to host them at the Patriots 2013 Opening Night game & other events.  Memories we will never forget!

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We want to thank Boston Beer works for providing us the opportunity to catch up with these amazing survivors over delicious food and drinks!  My dad really enjoyed the 2 hour long lunch together and looks forward to seeing them again down the road. 

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My dad said his Goodbyes and headed down the street to Tavern In The Square to meet up with Sgt Janiec and his girlfriend for their 4:00 Pre Game Dinner.  

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Sgt Jonathan Janiec was nominated by Max Spahn.  Max was our guest for the Red Sox game last year and does a lot of work for student veterans in Boston. 

We want to thank Tavern In The Square for providing a delicious pregame meal & help us make Warrior Wishes come true in Boston! 

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The best thing about Tavern In The Square, other than the food & Drinks, is their location!  After dinner everyone walked across the street to get a few photos in front of TD Garden.

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My dad walked SGT Janiec & his girlfriend into the game.  Before they headed inside, he told Jonathan’s girlfriend to have her camera ready at the end of the first period.  The Bruins had a little surprise for SGT Janiec to thank him for his service & sacrifices.  They presented him with a Bruins team autographed hockey stick at his seat!

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The smile on his face says it all.  It was a gift & a day that SGT Janiec will never forget.  Unfortunately the Bruins fell to the Senators 3-2.  

Operation warrior wishes would like to once again say thank you to our friends at New Era for providing Bruins caps as well as Boston Beer Works and Tavern In The Square for providing meals for the warriors.  We also want to send a special thank you to Kerry and the Boston Bruins for providing a once in a lifetime experience at the Bruins game!   

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

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most importantly, we want to thank Army SGT Jonathan Janiec for his dedicated military service to our country!  Your service is appreciated & will never be forgotten!

My dad will be back on the bus tonight headed to NYC to make Warrior Wishes come true at tomorrow nights New York Rangers game.  Stay tuned for more details!

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Warrior Wishes Come True Thanks To The Bruins!

Since November 1st my dad has flown to Atlanta to host Warriors at the Falcons game.  He then bussed to Charlotte to host Warriors at the Panthers game. After the game he bussed back to Atlanta to Fly to Chicago & spent one day back home with the family before jumping on a bus to Cincinnati to host a gold star family at the bengals game, then took another bus to buffalo to make warrior wishes come true at the Bills game.  From there he bussed over to Philly to host 2 warriors at the Flyers game and eventually found himself in Boston to make warrior wishes come true at tonight’s Boston Bruins game!

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He is honored to be hosting Army Warriors Ray Hegarty, Richard Angelo, Steven Dellacroce, Nick Anastacio, David Ball, Dan Winchell & Air Force Warrior Manny Vargas at the Bruins military appreciation night in Boston.  (Meet the Warriors below)
Before the game the Warriors were treated to a delicious meal thanks to the Fours restaurant across the street from the TD Garden Arena.
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We would like to send a special thank you to the Boston Bruins for providing tickets for the Warriors and allowing our organization to be a part of this special night!
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And if you thought my dads travel schedule was already crazy, he’s not done yet.  He will be sleeping at the airport for his 2nd night in a row to catch his early morning flight back to Chicago.  Less than 24 hours later, he’ll be back on the road heading to Nashville to make warrior wishes come true at the Titans game Sunday & back to Cincy to host another Gold Star family at the Bengals game for the 2nd consecutive week.
Follow our mission at warriorwishes.org or on social media on Twitter @WarriorWishes or “Like Us” on Facebook at “Operation Warrior Wishes”
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY WARRIOR RAY HEGARTY

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Ray served in the US Army from May ’98 until August ’08.  He was in Iraq during OIF 2 for just over a year with the First Cavalry Division.  Ray is now 35 years old and a Lieutenant on the Marine unit at the Massachusetts Port Authority Fire Department. 

ARMY WARRIOR STEVEN DELLACROCE

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 Steve was in Taji, Iraq 2004- March 2005 serving with Ray.  He joined the Army Reserves in 1999 and served until 2007.  Dellacroce was stationed out of Hanscom Air Force Base as a firefighter.  He left the Army in 2007 as a sergeant E-5 and crew chief of 468th Eng Detachment.

Steven returned to Iraq as a private contractor, fire fighter in 2010- Oct 2011. He is now a registered nurse at Bradley Hospital in Providence RI working with adolescents. A proud father of 2 girls, Aaliyah 11, and Jaydin 7. and he & his wife are expecting a baby girl in January. Steve also coaches Crossfit in Plainville, MA.

ARMY WARRIOR DAVID BALL

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David A Ball served with the US Army Reserves Firefighters 468th Engineering Platoon from 1991-1999.  As part of a Military Firefighting Unit they were trained in advanced search and rescue techniques and hazmat operations. Ball & his unit utilized their training to provide Firefighting support for the Boy Scout Jamboree as well as other Military branches throughout his career.
He is currently competing in Endurance and Obstacle Course Races to bring awareness to Veteran issues like PTSD and Suicide

ARMY WARRIOR RICH ANGELO

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Rich Angelo served with the 1st Calvary Division 1 Air Cav Brigade 1-227 Air Recon. Rich was in E.Co. In his platoon they where running support missions with 10th Group SF. and multiple units.

After Rich served time in the military, he came back home to Malden, MA where he became a fire fighter. He remains very involved with going to OIF OEF veteran groups and involved with a ptsd program that has taught him great ways of coping and feeling comfortable at times in need.
AIR FORCE WARRIOR MANNY VARGAS
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Emmanuel “Manny” Vargas originally served in the United States Air Force from November 17th 2009 until November 16th 2013. His Air Force specialty code was Vehicle Operator under the Logistics Readiness Squadron. Manny drove tractor trailers, wreckers, fork trucks and buses performing various types of missions throughout the state of Montana while stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base. He is  a recipient of the BTZ award, good conduct medal and operator of the quarter.