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Game 9 – Warrior Wishes Come True At The Bucs Game!

After making Warrior Wishes come true thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night…

My dad made his way to the Jacksonville Greyhound station to get a couple of hours of sleep before his early morning bus to Tampa to make Warrior Wishes come true at both the Rays & Bucs games!

Since 2012, we have made some unforgettable memories hosting heroes in Tampa. My personal favorites include Dan Orlovsky (Bucs QB) going above and beyond to make a special day for the warriors at Bucs games.

I’ll also never forget watching the game from the pirate ship, watching the warriors faces light up when our friend Stuart Scott surprised them on the field, and all the times the Rays have helped us make Wishes come true at Tropicana field!


Speaking of the Rays… when we created our schedule in April, we noticed the Rays were playing at home on Friday & Saturday before the Bucs game Sunday. So my dad made his way to Tampa early to make some more wishes come true thanks to the Rays!

He also had the opportunity to meet up with our old friend Mike Delancey. Mike was critically injured in a sniper attack during military combat while serving in Iraq and has confronted his own life changing injuries. He created the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch to inspire veterans of all conflicts to get OUT and ACTIVE. The Ranch and Park offers activities for all Military Veterans in need of a supportive and healing environment, to give them a new sense of hope, resilience and strength as they move forward in their journey. Check out the ranch and support the WWAR mission here!

Mike was one of our original guests in 2012. It was an honor to host him and we are so proud of him for all he has and continues to accomplish!

The wounded Warrior amputee softball team was also in town playing a tournament, so my dad went with Mike on the WWAR bus to cheer them on while he was in town.

Fast forward to Sunday, my dad made his way to Raymond James Stadium to meet up with Navy Corpsman John Barry, Army Combat Medic Chase Colon & Marine Kyle Bethel.

John Barry left for boot camp at Great Lakes on May 19, 2000! John was stationed in Coronado for 6 years and deployed 5 times (3 to Afghanistan and 2 to Iraq) He later transferred to Kaneohe Marine Corp Base where he was deployed two more times as a augmentee to the Army!

In February of 2008 John’s vehicle was hit by a IED, he was the only survivor. After numerous surgeries and time spent at Wounded Warrior Battalion in San Diego, CA John was medically retired as a Petty Officer 2nd Class on October 27, 2011.

Porfirio “Chase” Colón. served in the United States Army as a Combat Medic for over 7 years.

Kyle Bethel joined the USMC at 17. He served on 2 combat tours in Afghanistan. 2 weeks after leaving on his 1st deployment his wife gave birth to his twin sons 8 weeks early. They were in the NICU for 3 weeks and didn’t get to meet their father until the were 6 months old. During Kyle’s first deployment he suffered a TBI. He served 4 years in the USMC before returning home to Florida.

Mike and the WWAR has a tailgate before the game and hosted group of warriors before the game.  My dad surprised the guys with front row seats at the Tailgate! Needless to say, they were pumped up for the experience! Especially John as this was his first Bucs game ever!

As game time approached, the group made their way to the front row to watch the giants and Bucs kickoff.

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans gave the warriors a lot to cheer about as he scored 3 Touchdowns and had over 150 yards in the first half!

But Daniel Jones and the Giants kept pace with the Bucs. In the end, the Bucs had a 34 yard field goal opportunity for the win (kicking towards the warriors end zone) but the ball sailed wide right and the Bucs lost 32-31…

Despite the loss, the warriors still enjoyed their experience and had a great time!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank John, Chase, Kyle, Mike and all of the players on the wounded warriors softball team for their service and sacrifices! You guys are appreciated and will never be forgotten!

After the game my dad made his way to the airport for a good night sleep before catching his early morning flight to DC. We will be back in action making Warrior Wishes come true at the Redskins game tomorrow! Stay tuned.

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The Boston Celtics Make Warrior Wishes Come True In The Front Row!

After making warrior wishes come true in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia…

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My dad was off to Boston for a couple very special days. Not only will he be hosting warriors at both Celtics and Bruins games, but he will also be reuniting with a number of the Boston Bombing survivors for dinner.  

Back in 2013, just 6 months after that horrific day in Boston, Operation Warrior Wishes teamed up with Robert Kraft & the New England Patriots to host many of the Boston Bombing survivors for a “Night of Inspiration” at the Patriots home opener.


Each of the survivors was paired up with a wounded veteran with similar amputation,as their mentor for the weekend. In fact, a couple of the Warriors had actually visited them at the Boston hospital to begin  mentoring  the survivors immediately after the attack.  It was a humbling day full of inspiring people that we will never forget! 


My dad arrived at Boston’s “South Station” after another overnight bus at around 11:00 AM. He was excited to be back in Boston & couldn’t wait to catch up with old friends & make new friends while making more wishes come true!  


For the first time this week, my dad was actually going to be in the same city overnight, so I offered to get him a hotel.  I found one an express deal near the airport for $65 on Priceline.  My dad declined the offer & found a local gym to workout & clean up at before meeting everyone for dinner before the game.  He said after his workout he felt “refreshed” and said he would spend the night at the airport & save the money to make more wishes come true.  He’s basically been homeless since he left on Thursday… but he will do just about anything to make warrior wishes come true & would rather use the money for the mission & not himself.


My dad set up dinner at Boston Beer Works with Army SGT David Bronson, Marine Noah Fallon & Boston Bombing survivor, Heather Abbot before the game.


Boston Beer Works, just one block from the stadium,  is the perfect place to meet up for great food & drinks before & after any event at the TD Garden.  We want the thank Boston Beer works for their generosity & hospitality!   

My dad met up with the Warriors at Boston Beer Works around 3:30pm.  He enjoyed catching up with SGT Bronson, his wife & Heather, as well as meeting Noah for the first time.  

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Heather and David got along well, as they were talking prosthetics and found out that David plays golf with JP Norden, another Boston Bombing survivor. We also learned that Heather started up her own non profit organization.  The Heather Abbott Foundation was established to help provide customized prostheses to those who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances.  They envision a world where individuals who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances can live the lives they want.  You can learn more about her foundation at  We are so proud of heather & how far she has come since we last saw her.  She is a true inspiration & it’s an honor to call her a friend.  


After dinner, my dad said goodbye to Heather (as she was not attending game) and headed over to the Celtics front office. 


David was nominated by his wife & We nominated David to receive the “Heroes Among Us” recognition at the Celtics game.  The Heroes Among Us program is one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports. Established as an initiative of the Boston Celtics in 1997, Heroes Among Us honors individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.  The award is not only presented to Military veterans it is presented to an individual or group of individuals who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the Boston community.


SGT Bronson was chosen to receive the award & the Celtics went above and beyond to provide him & Noah an experience that they would never forget!  It started with a very extensive and informative tour of the Celtics corporate office.  During the tour, SGT Bronson learned that the front office upgraded his seats to the Front Row directly next to the Celtics bench!!!


After the hour long tour, it was “Go Time.”  Everyone walked down the block to the TD Garden & entered in the “VIP entrance” to get staged where we needed to be for Sgt Bronson’s Ceremony. 


Needless to say, everyone was excited to sit courtside & what was already an incredible night, got even better when the Jumbotron began telling Sgt Bronson’s story, the stadium became more and more electric and especially as he walked out to center court holding the “Heroes Among Us” Award.  He was given a standing ovation for his service & sacrifices.  It was an incredible moment!  

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After the recognition ceremony, the Wizards & Celtics tipped off. Sitting court side was truly amazing!  At one point, Jae Crowder of the Celtics decided to take a break in SGT Bronson’s seat.  It was pretty funny.  

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Boston led most of the game.  But the Wizards cut the Celtics lead down to 5 points in the 4th quarter.  In the end, their rally fell a little short & the Celtics got a big win over the Washington Wizards 110-102.


The most emotional part of the Celtics experience didn’t happen until after the game.  A 6 year old boy approached SGT Bronson on the court.  He wanted to meet him & thank him for his service.  He learned that this 6 year old had just months to live & his incredible family took him to the game because they are trying to do as much as they can with him with the time they have left.  SGT Bronson gladly took time to meet with the boy and even gave him his brand new Celtics Cap to put a big smile on the boys face!  Seeing him smile was the highlight of our night.  We cannot even imagine what their family is going thru & are keeping them in our prayers.  We ask that you do too.

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Heather, Sam and the Boston Celtics for going above and beyond to provide a once in a lifetime experience at the Celtics game that the Warriors will never forget. We also want to thank James at Boston Beer Works for providing the delicious Pre Game dinner, New Era Cap for providing the Celtics caps and Heather Abbott for joining us for at dinner.  We Wish her continued success with her Foundation!

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Most importantly, we want to send a special thank you to Army Sgt David Bronson and Marine Noah Fallon for their service & sacrifices. It’s appreciated, has not gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten!  

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Don’t forget to say a prayer tonight for the  young 6 year old boy & his family!  

My dad will be back at the TD garden again tomorrow night making wishes come true at the Bruins game.  Stay tuned for more details!





My name is Noah Fallon.  My military career began in August of 2003 where I entered the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Rifleman.  After completing my infantry training I went to Chesapeake, Virginia for Marine Corps Security forces School and immediately following that went to Kingsbay, GA to assist in securing strategic assets within Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic.  Our mission was to prevent unauthorized access or loss of control of the facility and its assets.  After two years at kingsbay, GA I received orders to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejeune.  Shortly after arriving to the unit, our Battalion was deployed overseas assist in operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.  From September 23rd 2006 to March 30th 2007 our platoon conducted over 200 combat patrols, 25 intelligence based raids, and 25 escort missions.   I arrived back in the United States April, 7th 2007 and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal on May, 13th 2007.  I currently live in Londonderry, NH and work for the Department of Homeland Security as an Inspector for Federal Protective Service.



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 44 – Playoff Wishes Come True At Lambeau Field!

For the 5th straight year we completed our “All32in17” mission by making Warrior Wishes come true at 43 NFL games throughout the 2016 regular season!   

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With the regular season behind us, it was time to focus on making wishes come true at one playoff game each week leading up to the final game of the 2016 mission at the Super Bowl in Houston!  


One of the most important pieces of our mission is to provide an experience at each game.  For us, it’s more than just a game.  We want to personally thank each warrior for their service & sacrifices.  We do our best to provide each of them with a stress free day filled with memories.  That’s why my dad is typically on the road to host each warrior even though he doesn’t always go to the games with them, especially when tickets are expensive.  

We decided to make wishes come true during Wild Card Weekend in Green Bay.  We have received a lot of nominations for Packers games over the years & are still working to make every wish come true.  Plus Green Bay is only a 3 hour bus ride away.  


Unfortunately, inclement weather prevented my dad from traveling to Green Bay for the game.  Thankfully, our friends, the Tompa’s, stepped in to host the Warriors! 

Unbeknownst to each other, Jeff Mumm nominated his wife Army SPC Alissa Mumm for the Packers game.  Coincidentally, Alissa had nominated her dad for a Packers game!  Her father, Army MSG Curt Myers proudly served our country for 37 years!  

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My dad pulled out his “radio show” trivia contest to surprise them with FRONT ROW tickets to the playoff game!  


The 1919 Kitchen and Tap, inside Lambeau Field provided a delicious meal before the game.  It gave everyone a chance to warm up inside the atrium before stepping out into the “Frozen Tundra.”


The Packers won their final 6 games and beat the Detroit Lions last week to win their division.  They were one of the hottest teams to enter the 2016 playoffs.  The Giants had a playoff spot locked up and rested a majority of their starters during their final game of the regular season. 


Aaron Rodgers & the Packers continued to stay hot in the freezing cold temperatures.  Randall Cobb scored 3 times in the game and the Packers went on to win by the score of 38-13!  


My dad & I watched the game from home and actually saw the Warriors celebrating a couple of times as the Packers scored in their end zone right in front of them!


My dad reached out to the Warriors after the game to make sure that everything went well & to thank them for their service again.  

they told him how much fun it was to spend that special father-daughter time together – and especially at a Packers playoff victory. We are extremely proud to have provided this opportunity for them and would like to THANK them both for their service & sacrifices to our country!


We will be back in action next week making wishes come true at the Chiefs – Steelers game in Kansas City!  Stay tuned for more details!

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My name is Curt J. Myers and I am a retired Army Veteran, having served 37 years and 7 months in the Army – Active duty, National Guard, and Reserves. In my time span, I have held three military occupational skills (MOS’s), have lived all over the United States and abroad. My military career began in 1973 when I went to basic training at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. I have held several positions and a multitude of jobs while serving in the military. In 1991, I was sent to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, where I obtained the bronze star. I have been honored with several different awards and opportunities obtained in my years of service with the Army, with one of my highlights being my daughters entrance into the Army as well during my time as a recruiter. When I left active duty and joined the reserves, I held employment at Ft. McCoy as a military technician with the 88th Regional Support Command. I finally retired my military and military technician service July 2012.

Being retired now, I still have anything but free time. I currently live in Hurley, Wisconsin with my wife Terry and my golden retriever Maddie. We are the owners and operators of Trails and Tales Outdoor Adventures, LLC in which we provided guided rides and services through miles of Iron County ATV and snowmobile trails. The travel bug that I caught in the military has not left and my wife and I enjoy taking our camper out and hitting the open road to explore old and new places alike. We have four grandchildren, Parker, Keaton, Sandra, and Hailey, whom we spending every moment possible with. I have also been laboriously working a B-52 Crash Site memorial in Hurley, Wisconsin. I strive every day to remember the fallen, the missing, and those who serve today. I am also an avid supporter of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs, a love of sports I passed on to my daughters as well and they are now passing on to their children. I also enjoy hunting and fishing as well being able to teach my grandchildren the skills to be successful sportsmen in the future.

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My name is Alissa Mumm and I am currently from Platteville, Wisconsin. I grew up as one of two children to a father who was active duty. We grew up all over, Wisconsin, Texas, and Germany, experiences many probably will never have. Though in some sense, moving so much was hard on us, I followed in my father’s footsteps and at the age of 17, and enlisted into the Army Reserves as a Medical Laboratory Technician. I was originally assigned to the 114th Combat Support Hospital out of Madison, Wisconsin and later, the 452nd Combat Support Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was in basic training on 9/11, a day which I consider to be a pivotal turning point on my desire to serve this country, despite not really seeing any footage until 3 years following that day. I served with others from New York and waited with them as they anxiously tried to reach out to family and friends. I completed basic at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri and left right away for advanced individual training phase one at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and phase two at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. I returned home in 2003, where I started school at UW-Platteville. I went on to graduate with my Bachelor’s and later, my Masters Degree, from UW-Platteville, both degrees in Criminal Justice. Following my completion of my Bachelors Degree, I started working for the VA Hospital in Madison, WI and my passion and devotion to our service members grew even stronger. While enrolled in a leadership development class, I discovered a position designed to work with the Veterans who were dealing with the “wrong side” of the criminal justice system. This spurred my to start my Masters degree, which cumulated in a thesis paper, titled “The invisible wounds of war: recommendations for recognizing and assisting veterans in the criminal justice system”. Though, as passionate as I am about working for our Veterans, I am currently working for the State of Wisconsin Public Defender’s office and, perhaps fortunately, only a very minute fraction of clients served are Veterans, though I still hope one day to find a job which will allow me to work for Veterans in whatever capacity I can, a passion inspired by my own service and by the passion and commitment I see my mom and dad give every day to Veterans. Outside of all of this, I love spending time with my husband Jeff, our three-year-old Sandra, and our one-year-old Hailey. We love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, atv’ing, and spending time together and of course, cheering on the Green and Gold!! GO PACK GO!!!
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Game 20 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Denver!

If you remember, we kicked off our 2016 mission to honor Military Warriors at all 32 NFL stadiums in one season back in September when we hosted heroes opening night in Denver.  


Since then, we have made Warrior Wishes come true at 19 NFL games in only 7 weeks!!!  

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We have made some unforgettable memories hosting heroes in Denver at Mile High Stadium!

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My dad and I have never big fans of the quick trips in and out of cities, because it really doesn’t give us enough time to get to know the warriors. But unfortunately this 2nd trip to Denver is one of those.  My dad’s flight to Denver didn’t land til after 2:00 PM on Monday afternoon.  From there he had a 40 minute train ride to get downtown to Elway’s where he met up with Army SGT Lucas Oppelt.  


SGT Oppelt & his 10 year old son had just started eating when my dad arrived. He quickly learned how big of Broncos fans they were as they were both wearing Peyton Manning jerseys.  SGT Oppelt’s sons name was Peyton!  They enjoyed getting to know each other over a delicious meal at Elway’s restaurant, which is the one and only place in Denver to go to before or after a Broncos game!  


After dinner, Once they found Lucas’ truck, they made their way to “Mile High” stadium.  Upon arrival, my dad immediately went to the box office to swap out our tickets for accessible seating. The tickets we bought were not bad, 4th row in the upper deck.  Because there is limited ADA seating, they gave SGT Oppelt the only seats they had available which were in the FRONT ROW!!!


Needless to say, Lucas and his son had the experience of a lifetime watching their Broncos from the Front Row behind the Texans bench!  My dad went down there and sat with them for a few minutes a couple of times and said that they were clearly some of the biggest Broncos fans he had seen, cheering & yelling for Home Town team.  


The Broncos dominated the entire game & gave the father & son plenty to cheer about as they held Houston, and former Bronco QB Brock Osweiler to Field Goals while Denver scored touchdowns . The Texans were really never in it and Denver rolled to a 27-9 victory. 


Ethan and The entire Customer Service Dept for the Broncos has been amazing all 4 years of our Warrior Wishes mission.They always go the “extra mile ” for the Warriors.  Just like they did for Sgt Gabe Martinez earlier this year, Sam from customer service provided Lucas a Free jersey coupon from Team Store.


My dad met back up with SGT Oppelt & his son After the game.  They hung around until the field cleared, watching players and cheerleaders head to the locker room.  My dad eventually walked Lucas & Peyton to their car, thanked Lucas for his service one last time, and then headed for the train to the airport for “a good nights sleep” before flying back to Chicago in morning.  



Operation warrior wishes would like to thank Elways Restaurant for the Pre Game Meal , New Era for the Broncos caps, The Chive for the KCCO shirts and the Denver Broncos for their great customer service, Jersey & seat upgrade!

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But course, the BIGGEST THANKS goes to Army Sgt Lucas Oppelt, and his family, for his service & sacrifices!  

My dad flies home in the morning to get ready to make a WWII Warriors Wish come true at the World Series & prepare for next weeks games in Nashville, Indianapolis & Chicago.  Stay tuned for more details!  



Sgt. Lucas Oppelt is a airborne combat line medic with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg North Carolina. He was injured in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan May 26, 2012 while on a dismounted foot patrol with his company. Lucas stepped on a pressure plate IED(Improvised Explosive Device), detonating it and suffered a traumatic right leg amputation below the knee. He also sustained serious injuries to his left leg and minor injuries to both arms. This was Lucas’ second deployment, with a 15 month tour in Iraq 2006-2007 with 3-4 Cavalry out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 25th ID.


Lucas is from Mishawaka, IN and attended Mishawaka High school. He met his wife, Amy while they were both serving in the Army. They have two children, Peyton and Lily. The family is residing at Walter Reed NMMC through the duration of Lucas’ inpatient and outpatient recovery. They are adjusting to their new life in Maryland.


Lucas is currently a full-time college student pursuing his Bachelors in Engineering. He is an avid hunter, fly fisherman, and archer. He loves sports, especially football.  He was nominated by his wife to go to the Broncos game.  She Said he He is a dedicated fan that never misses either team’s games.  It was a true honor to have the opportunity to host this inspirational young man.  We hope he had an experience with his son that he will never forget!

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