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#BattlefieldsToBallfields Week 5 Recap

My Dad has been on the road making Making Warrior Wishes come true for the past few weeks on our “Battlefields To Ballfields” Mission.  In Total he has hosted over 100 warriors at 44 games in 43 days!  This week Warrior Wishes came true in Colorado, Arizona, Anaheim & San Diego.

(Click on any photo to see full details from the game)

5/9/15 – Game 40 (RAINED OUT) – Colorado Rockies

(THANKS TO ELWAY’S FOR HOSTING DINNER)

Honoring Cpl Long, Sgt Hagan, SPC O’Niell & the Gold Star family of Army CW2 Joshua Silverman

5/10/15 – Game 40 – Arizona D’Backs

Honoring Army Sgt Josh Goddard, Army E4 Cpl Joel Steinmann

5/11/15 – Game 41 – Arizona D’Backs

Army Sgt Joaquin Torres & the legacy of Army Sgt Jonathan Walls

5/12/15 – Game 42 – Anaheim Angels

Honoring Army Warrior Chris Koning & the legacy of Army SGT James De La Cruz.

5/13/15 – Game 43 – Anaheim Angels

Honoring the legacy of Army SGT Armando Hernandez

5/14/15 – Game 44 – San Diego Padres

Honoring Sgt Josue Barron, Sgt Nick Kimmel, Sgt Celeste Mitchell, Cpl Patrick Burke, Lcpl Enrique Dominguez, Sgt Matt Montebello & Sgt Hector Valera.  We also honored the legacies of Army SPC Javier Sanchez, Army Sgt. Eric Holke & Army Captain Jennifer Moreno

My Dad is in San Diego honoring a Gold Star Family at the Padres game again tonight as long as it stops raining.  He will be finishing up our Battlefields to Ballfields Mission this week after stops in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago & Minnesota.

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Warrior Wishes Come True From The Snowy Streets Of Denver To The Sunny Streets of Phoenix

After honoring over 100 warriors at 39 professional sporting events in 37 straight days, we finally got rained out. But thank’s to Elway’s restaurant in downtown Denver, we were still able to host warriors Cpl Long, Sgt Hagan, SPC O’Niell & the Gold Star family of Army CW2 Joshua Silverman for dinner.

Rain later turned to snow and a winter storm warning went into effect jeopardizing my dad making it to Phoenix in time to host & honor heroes at the D’Backs game.  Thanks to the Westin Downtown Denver & our friend Joey for donating his credit card points, my dad didn’t have to spend his 2 nights in Denver sleeping at the freezing cold bus station.

The forecast was calling for up to 10 inches of snow, so My dad made his way to the Denver Airport early expecting his flight to be delayed.  He was pleasantly surprised to find out the flight was only delayed an hour and he would be in 90 degree weather in a few short hours.

My Dad spent the 2 days in Phoenix honoring Army Sgt Josh Goddard, Army E4 Cpl Joel Steinmann, Army Sgt Joaquin Torres & the legacy of Army Sgt Jonathan Walls thanks to theArizona D’Backs

SGT JOSH GODDARD

Sgt Josh Goddard joined the Armyshortly after graduating high school in 2000 to become a tanker (19k).  Goddard served in the Army from 2000-2014.

In 2007, while serving on his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq, Josh was injured.  He has sustained nerve damage throughout his lower extremities making walking very difficult and has had to endure many surgeries since.

Sgt Goddard was permanently medically retired from the Army in 2014. Joshua is now married and has 3 little girls.  He is a huge sports fan.  Josh is a due hard St. Louis Blues fan, enjoys watching NASCAR & since moving to Arizona he has become a D’Backs fan.  This will be the first D’Backs game he has ever attended.

ARMY E4 CPL JOEL STEINMANN

Joel Steinmann served in the Army as an infantryman, radio operator, and combat lifesaver. He served all over the world including 3 combat tours in Iraq (2003-2005).

While serving in Iraq he was involved in several IED blasts.  Joel was injured both Physically & Mentally in the attacks.  The injuries sustained in Iraq caused him to no longer be able to serve as an infantryman in the Army.

In 2005 Joel began his journey in and out of VA hospitals for treatment of PTSD, TBI, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, migraines, depression, anxiety, and so much more. Joel continues treatment to this day.  He recently got a service dog to help with PTSD and his TBI.

Joel truly loves his country and served it well. He was nominated by his wife who says he is her hero.

ARMY SGT JOAQUIN TORRES

ARMY SGT JONATHAN WALLS

 KIA 8/1/2009

Jonathan Walls was born in San Diego, Ca, and raised in Reading, Pa. He knew from the time he was a little boy he wanted to serve. After the attacks of 9/11, Jonathan decided it was time. He completed Basic Training in 2005, then continuing into Ft. Lewis, Wa.

Sgt walls deployed to Iraq in 2007.  He was home for a total of 10 months after his first deployment before he was called into action in Afghanistan.

On August 1st, 2009, insurgents attacked Sgt Walls patrol with bombs & Rocket propelled grenades.  He & 2 other soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in the attack.

All 3 men are remembered as some of the bravest & finest soldiers.  Walls specifically was remembered as a family man and loyal friend who was quick to joke if he thought it would lighten the mood.

Sgt Walls is survived by his wife, Meghan, daughters Lily and Allahna, and stepson, Hayden Fecteau.  Meghan says “we were and always will be so blessed for the time we got with this amazing man. He was an amazing person, my best friend and love.”

(The Wells family was unable to attend due to illness in the family)

Operation Warrior Wishes was extremely honored and humbled to host these Heroes at the D’Backs games over the past few days.

The warriors had the opportunity to go down on the field & get autographs & some pretty cool memorbilia including a game used signed bat from their favorite players.  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we would like to thank the Arizona D’Backs organization for going above and beyond to helping us honor These brave soldiers for their service and sacrifices!

These were the 40th & 41st games of our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.  My dad will be California dreaming tonight as he sleeps on the bus to Los Angeles to make Warrior Wishes come true tomorrow at the Angels game!

Learn more about our MissionNominate Your Hero for an upcoming game, Follow Our BlogGet involvedMake a Donation to help us honor warriors & Buy Warrior Wishes gear at http://warriorwishes.org/

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Making Some “Mile High” Memories Thanks To The Colorado Rockies

After spending 2 days in Kansas City making Warrior Wishes come true at the Royals Games, My Dad spent the night sleeping at the KC Airport before boarding his 6am flight to Denver.  Needless to say, my dad was happy about flying instead of taking the bus.  This was only the 2nd flight he has taken since we began the Battlefields To Ballfields Mission on April 2nd 2015.

My dad will be in Colorado for the next 2 days honoring a few warriors & the legacies of Army Major William F. Hecker III & CW2 Joshua B Silverman.

For game 1 in the “Mile High City, he honored the legacy of Maj Hecker & hosted his surviving family members in his honor.

MAJ Hecker made the ultimate sacrifice servig our country on January 5, 2006.  He was among five soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee in Najaf, south of Baghdad during convoy operations. Hecker was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Also killed were Capt. Christopher P. Petty, 33, of Vienna, Va.; Sgt. 1st Class Stephen J. White, 39, of Talladega, Ala.; Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez Jr., 25, of Kingsville, Texas; and Pvt. Robbie M. Mariano, 21, of Stockton, Calif. Hecker had been deployed to Iraq just after Thanksgiving 2005.

Hecker went to West Point, where he studied engineering management and sang in the glee club. He had been stationed in Oklahoma, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the ’90’s.

He is survived by his wife, and four children, ages 2-10. His father is a retired Army Colonel (Two tours in Viet Nam) from the West Point class of 1965, and his brother serves in the Marines.

He received a master’s degree in English from the University of Oregon and went back to West Point, where he was an assistant English professor for three years. He studied Twain and presented a paper about baseball and patriotism. He edited a book about Poe’s time as a West Point cadet titled “Private Perry and Mister Poe: The West Point Poems, 1831.”

Hecker loved baseball, and his dream was to teach after his year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

It was an honor to host Maj Hecker’s family in his honor tonight in Denver thanks to the Colorado Rockies.  The Rockies did an amazing job helping us honor this brave soldier from providing tickets & T-shirts to putting Maj Hecker’s name in lights on the scoreboard.  The family was even recognized on the field!  Unfortunately rain delayed the game, but a fun time was had by all.

Operation Warrior Wishes would also like to thank New Era for providing Rockies Caps & theDenver Chophouse & Brewery for providing a pregame meal !

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

My Dad will be back at Coors field to make Warrior Wishes come true tomorrow afternoon.  He will be honoring the legacy of CW2 Joshua Silverman at the 40th game in 38 days on our Battlefields To Ballfields Mission.