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Game 11 – Warrior Wishes Come True At The Packers Game!

After 3 amazing weeks of making Wishes come true in Chicago, New England, New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta, New York, Jacksonville, Tampa & Washington DC…

Today we’re Kicking off week 4 of our mission making Warrior Wishes come true in Green Bay!

Green Bay is by far one of the most amazing football towns in America. As a Bears fan, this is hard to admit, but Lambeau Field was one of my favorite stadiums in the NFL…  We have had the opportunity to take the stadium tour, visit the Packers museum and be a part of a Lambeau leap (you will never be able to prove it)…

Throughout the years we have made some unforgettable memories making Warrior Wishes come true at Lambeau. Some of my favorites include watching Marine BJ Ganem being honored on the field for his service, having the opportunity to takeover the ESPN set, and tailgating with our friends at the “Tompa tailgate.”

I dropped my dad off at the train station at 4am. He took the train to Chicago to catch his Bus to Green Bay to meet up with Army PFC Joseph Putnam & Vietnam Veteran Bill Maurer.

Army PFC Joseph Putnam knew his whole life he wanted to join the military. He was a military brat. His father served in the Marines and Army and even deployed just a few years before him! Three months after his highschool graduation, Joseph went to Ft. Benning for basic training as a infantry solider. In 2007, he deployed with 1st infantry division to Baghdad Iraq. He was personal security detachment for the high ranking military personnel and civilians, guarding them while they traveled through Baghdad. Joe earned the combat infantry badge while engaging firefights. Joseph retuned home with mental and physical injuries from war. He was honorably discharge from the Army in 2009 due to these injuries.

Since leaving the Army, PFC Putnam continues to serve the veteran community. He joined the American Legion and was chosen to be the vice commander his local Legion. He loves volunteering with our local war memorial, the Middle east Conflicts wall memorial and the illinois motorcyle freedom run (an event that honors our Gold Star families and our fallen military). Helping with these organizations helps him heal from war. Joseph’s wife nominated him for this experience back in 2015! It’s an honor to finally make this Warrior Wish come true!

Bill Maurer served in the Army during the Vietnam war in 1967 and 1968. He was a Boatswain mate/Gunners mate on the U.S.S. St. FRANCIS River LSMR 525 Riverine Force.

It’s always an honor to show our appreciation to everyone who has selflessly served, but extra special when we have the opportunity to “Welcome Home” our Vietnam Veterans!

My dad enjoyed getting to know the warriors at this year’s “Tompa Tailgate.” The Tompa family and their friends have been going above and beyond to help us make Wishes come true since 2013. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support!

PFUFA Packer’s super fan “The Owner” also stopped by to show his appreciation to the warriors before the game. He’s basically a celebrity is Green Bay!

As game time approached, the warriors made their way inside to watch the Eagles and Packers kick things off from their front row seats! They were hoping for a Lambeau Leap!

They had plenty of opportunities to get one, as the Eagles and Packers both ran up the score! If you had bet the over on this game you were in great shape!  But unfortunately,  the Packers came up short and the Eagles went on to spoil the Packers undefeated season winning by the score of 34-27.

Despite the loss, the warriors “seriously had the best time and made truly unforgettable memories.”

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Army PFC Joseph Putnam & Vietnam Veteran Bill Maurer for their service and sacrifices.  You are truly appreciated and will never be forgotten.

My dad grabbed a couple hours of sleep after the game, and hopped on a bus back to Chicago at around 5:30am.  He will be back in action This Sunday in Buffalo!  Stay tuned for more details…

 

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Game 28 – Warrior Wishes Come True At Lambeau Field!

After spending the past few days in New York making Wishes come true at the Jets game on Thursday & the Giants game on Monday, my dad made his way home for a few hours.

He arrived in Chicago at 11:30pm and got a little rest in his own bed before hitting the road to Green Bay first thing in the morning with fellow board member Bill Heaton.  Bill & my dad always have fun on the road together.

Upon arrival in Green Bay, my dad & Bill made their way to our friend’s mom’s house to meet the warriors & “tailgate.”  Shana Tompa & her husband have been helping us make wishes come true in Green Bay since 2013.  Although Shana now lives in Arizona, her mom still lives just blocks from the stadium.  Shana & her husband are still season ticket holders who do their best to make it to as many games as possible each year.  We are truly thankful for all the Tompa’s have done to help us make wishes come true in Green Bay!

Today they helped us host Army Sgt Shawn Monroe, Army CW2 David Nuccio and Army SSG Travis Reichert.

Instead of the traditional tailgate outside the stadium, the warriors all met up at Shana’s moms house.  The group had a blast getting to know each other &  enjoyed “tailgating” in the living room!

Eventually, everyone made their way to the  world famous Lambeau Field.  They made sure to get in early because the 1919 Kitchen & Tap offered to host the warriors for dinner before the game.

The 1919 Kitchen & Tap is one of the hardest restaurants to get in during game days in Green Bay.  The restaurant offers an elevated dining experience with delicious food & refreshing drinks.  It is conveniently located inside the “Atrium” of the stadium making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before and after games.  We cannot thank Carol & the 1919 Kitchen & tap enough for their continued support!

Unfortunately, you must have a Game Ticket to get into the 1919 Kitchen & Tap. So after Since Bill& my dad did not have tickets, they said their goodbyes early.  As the warriors enjoyed their meal inside the stadium, my dad & Bill headed down the street to get some food before heading back home.

The warriors had an unforgettable experience as they got to watch the Lions & Packers kick off from the 1st & 2nd rows of the stadium!

Unfortunately, the Packers did not do much “Lambeau Leaping” & fell to the Lions by the score of 30-17.  Despite the loss, the warriors enjoyed their experience!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Green Bay Packers for sending special gift bags to many of our nominees all season long.  We also want to thank New Era for providing the warriors with new Packers caps, The 1919 Kitchen & Tap for providing a delicious pregame meal & the Tompa family for their generosity & hospitality throughout the years!

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank Army CW2 David Nuccio, Army SGT Shawn Monroe & Army SSG Travis Reichert for your service & sacrifices to our country!

My dad will have the opportunity to get some rest over the next few days.  He will be back in action on Thursday to make Warrior Wishes come true in Arizona!  Check back soon for more details!

It was an honor to host these brave warriors and make their Warrior Wishes come true. If you know a deserving warrior who would love to attend a game on our “All32in17” mission please nominate them today!

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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!  

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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.  

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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!  

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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.”

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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. 

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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!  

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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!

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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!

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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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MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY MSG CURT MYERS

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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.

ARMY SPC ALISSA MUMM
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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 18 – Making Warrior Wishes Come True In Green Bay!

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Game 30 – Happy Thanksgiving From Green Bay!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This year, as always, we have a lot to be thankful for.  Good health, loving family, a career, etc.  we are also thankful for all the brave men and women who have served and are serving our country.  We know there are a lot of warriors overseas defending our country away from their families today so we can be safe at home with ours.

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My dad & I traded in our traditional turkey dinner and drove to Green Bay to host Army Warrior Steven Reilly at the Packers game.
This wasn’t just any Packers game, the Bears were in town & Brett Favre was at Lambeau having his number retired.  Steve was beyond excited when he learned he would have the opportunity to be at the game.
My dad & I left Chicago at around 12:30pm in the pouring down rain.  The forecast was not promising.  It called for 90% rain & barely above freezing temps for the entire day.
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We cautiously navigated the rain soaked roads and arrived in Green Bay at around 4:30pm to meet up with Steve at the Tompa tailgate.
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Steve shared a little bit about his story with us at the tailgate before we made our way over to the stadium in the freezing cold rain.  (see his bio below)
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Tickets to this game were tough to get and very expensive.  Having said that, we only got 2.  I walked with steve & my dad to the stadium, but watched the game across the street at Krolls.
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Just before Steve entered Lambeau field, I asked him what he thought of the experience so far & he helped put things in perspective.  Despite the awful weather conditions, he said “All I know is that it’t not 120-130 degrees & I’m not out in Iraq.  I’m at Lambeau Field going to watch a football game.”
How could we complain about the weather now?  Gotta keep everything in perspective…

My dad & Steve got to warm up before kickoff in the Lambeau Field Atrium & were treated to a delicous meal at Lambeau Fields newest restaurant, 1919 Kitchen & Tap.  Inspiration for 1919 Kitchen & Tap was pulled from the feedback of area residents, their love of great food and their appreciation for authenticity. In keeping with those values, the menu is focused on taking new approaches to old favorites. The restaurant incorporates fresh and seasonal ingredients into its offerings, with an emphasis on sourcing locally.  In addition to the great food, 1919 Kitchen & Tap has 80 beer taps with nearly 40 rotating types, a variety of bottled beers, and a selection of thoughtful cocktails.

1919 Kitchen & Tap features industrial, yet warm and rustic finishes to complement the welcoming atmosphere you have come to expect from Lambeau Field. It’s a casual restaurant with an elevated approach, bringing the Green Bay area a deliciously different dining experience.

Everyone in Green Bay anxiously anticipated halftime.  Somehow the Bears had the lead at the half and if was time to watch Brett Favre take the field one last time to have his number retired.
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Bears & Packers fans both applauded showing the ultimate respect for one of the most passionate quarterbacks to ever play the game.  Bart Starr also took to the field to congratulate Favre on his achievement.  It was an incredible football moment.
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After the ceremony half the stadium had emptied as the rain continued to come down.  Temperatures were expected to fall creating icy road conditions.  Considering we had a 4 hour drive back home & I had to work Friday morning, we played it safe and left the game a little early to beat the traffic & icy roads.
Our cars tired had sunken into the grass & ankle deep water surrounded the drivers side door.  We barely made it out of the mud pit we parked in, but eventually got home safe at around 2:30am & it was still raining….
We would like to thank the Tompa’s for hosting us at their tailgate, 1919 Kitchen & Tap for providing a delicious pregame meal, New Era for providing Steve with a brand new Packers cap, & most importantly we would like to thank Steve for his selfless service & sacrifices.
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My dad will be heading to Nashville to host warriors at the Predators game Saturday, Indy to make warrior wishes come true at the Colts game Sunday & I will be teaming up with him in Cleveland to honor heroes at the Browns game Monday.

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

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ARMY WARRIOR STEVE REILLY

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After 911 like many others I was upset. We were at war. I was in good physical shape and I wanted to join up and serve my country. You see my family has a long history of serving and I was one of the few that had not. I knew I was older- but I wasn’t going to let it stop me. I honored my mother’s wishes and did not join up. You see her father was in WWI(on the German side) and my father’s uncle was also in WW I on the US Side. She knew the meaning of war. And she also new I was a father with a young family. Again, I honored her request. In 2007 my mother passed. Shortly after I found I could just make the age cut off and joined up. So I did. I made it to basic training the day before the age cut off which at that time in 2008 was 40 years old. I reported to Ft Sill OK.  ‘Home of the Field Artillery’. Same place my Uncle Peter went to in WWII. I remember the sign at 0233 hrs in the morning as I drove in the gates ‘Soldiering starts here’. From 2008 on I was pretty much all active duty. Even though I joined the national guard. I went to AIT. But 2 days before graduation I was called out of formation and found out the great state of WI had done a state wide call up and I was part of it. I was to report in to headquarters in Appleton as soon as my plane landed with my current orders and all papers I rcv’d from graduation from the AIT(Addition Combat Training) to HQ. It was confirmed. I was to be home 6 days and 6 nights. I was assigned to an infantry unit and I would be a gunner. I was off to TX for 9 weeks and would serve Iraq in combat operations with approx. 4600 other men and women from WI. I served in Iraq from 2009-2010. Honorably.

After my return home, I will admit I had trouble adjusting back to civilian life. But with help I found my way.
Its a little known fact that 23 veterans a day take their own life. I personally want to see that change by being involved in various groups like the VetCenter and my Local Veterans of Foreign Wars like my post I so love:  Post 7784. And recently I was elected in the state of Wisconsin to the position of Sargent- at- Arms. My mission is simple. If I can stop one brother or sister to seek help and not self medicate and find the light and impact one life, I have accomplished something that matters.
Would I do it all over again? Serve my country? Protect the American Values and American ways of life?
Protect and serve the innocent that don’t have a voice?  Heck yes I would!
I am proud to have served in the same unit as my father and follow many of my family who have and are still serving this great nation of the free and the brave.
I am also proud to have served with 4600 other men and women from WI. The Red Arrow Division.  ‘Les Terribles’ As the French named them in WWI. Which in English meant: ‘The Terrible Terrors’.  We had each others back and there wasn’t nothing either of us wouldn’t have done for each other from the top on down. Period.
Since my service I have never looked at our nation’s beautiful flag the same. Call me arrogant,  but really… The United States of America has the most beautiful flag in the world.
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Game 7 – Warrior Wishes Come True in Green Bay!

Immediately following the 6th game of our 2015 Mission in Minnesota, my dad & I hopped in the car & drove to Green Bay to host a hero on a tour of Lambeau field in Green Bay.

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It was a race against time as the last tour started at 7pm & we had a 280 mile drive ahead of us.  Thanks to our smart GPS we were able to avoid post game traffic in Minnesota & pulled into Green Bay at around 6:45pm in time to meet up with Army SGT Mike Engel, his wife & grandfather (Vietnam veteran) right in front of the new 50 foot Lombardi trophy inside the stadium.

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The champions tour kicked off right at 7pm in the Lambeau Field Atrium.  The atrium is one of the coolest characteristics of the stadium.  It’s a massive indoor venue attached to the stadium & home to a packer themed restaurant, the Packers Hall of Fame & the biggest souvenir shop in the NFL, they have everything you can imagine with a packers logo on it for sale there!

We were excited to tour the world famous Lambeau field.  This was Sgt Engel’s first time ever at the stadium.  Throughout the tour we got to go up to the suites, take pictures from the roof of the stadium, visit the champions club, pass by the Locker Room & Run out of the Packers tunnel & on to the field!  It was very informative & fun!

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We all had had a great time, said our goodbyes & took a seat on the steps of the stadium to watch the “Blood Moon” eclipse before finding a place to eat & calling it a night in the “Hyundai Elantra Inn” for our 2nd straight night, lol.  My dad got revenge on me and took this rare picture of me sleeping to pay me back for all the ones I take of his sleeping all over random places….

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Monday morning we woke up early and met up with our good friends, the Tompa’s, at Crystal Coffee for breakfast.  The Tompa’s have been helping us make Warrior Wishes come true since 2013 & for that we are thankful!

Here are some of our favorite memories making warrior wishes come true in Green Bay!

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We made our way back to the stadium around 1pm and played catch outside the stadium before tailgating with the Tompa’s & meeting up with the warriors.

We were honored to be hosting Army Sgt Charles Fischbach, Army Sgt Jeff Stoleson, Marine David Kedziora & the gold star parents of Army Sgt Nickolas Mueller at the Packers game. (see their bios below)

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Thankfully the rain held off to give us time to tailgate.  Before making our way inside the stadium to take advantage of the VIP field passes the packers provided to the Warriors, we gathered everyone at the tailgate & had an emotional presentation to recognize the Warriors & presented the Muellers with a custom piece of framed artwork from Honor America’s Valor in honor of their sons service & ultimate sacrifice. May we never forget those who gave some & especially those who gave all.

We escorted the Warriors inside the stadium & helped them get down on the field.  We watched them take full advantage of the passes from the stands.  They got pictures with the Cheerleaders, Mason Crosby & thanks to our friends at ESPN, they even got a picture on the Monday night countdown set with Suzy Kolber, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer & Ray Lewis!

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It rained on and off throughout the game, but a little rain didn’t stop us from having a great time or the Packers from beating up on the Chiefs as Aaron Rogers threw 5 TD’s and helped his team win 38-28.

It was a great weekend filled with unforgettable memories with some of our nation’s bravest heroes!

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We would like to thank The Green Bay Packers for their continued support over the past 3 seasons & for providing VIP field passes to help make these warrior wishes come true!  We would also like to thank The Tompa’s & their tailgate crew for their hospitality, New Era Caps for providing Packers Caps for the Warriors, Honor Americas Valor for providing the framed artwork for the Mueller family & most of all we would like to thank the Warriors & their families for their service & sacrifices!

As a Bears fan this is not easy to say, but I’m going to say it anyways, Green Bay is one of the best football towns in the NFL!  From the stadium, to the fans, to the players on the field, we truly enjoy hosting heroes at Lambeau & making Warrior Wishes come true in Green Bay!  We wish you nothing but the best & continued success.  Thanks for the memories! #GoPackGo

We’re headed back to Chicago!

My dad will be back in action Thursday in Pittsburgh for the 8th game of our 2015 mission to honor warriors at all 32 NFL stadiums for our 4th year in a row!

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MEET THE WARRIORS 

Army SGT Jeff Stoleson

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SGT Stoleson proudly served our country in the Army for 28 years!  He doesn’t consider himself a hero.  SGT Stoleson says his heroes didn’t make it home.

On sept 26 2005 gun truck C41 was hit by an EFPIED at bridge 6 just north of the border in Iraq . Sgt Andrew Peter Wallace and Micheal Jacob Wendling were Mortally wounded .

“I held Sgt Wallace and tried my best to do everything I could to keep him with us but I was unable to and he passed in my arms. one of his last wishes was to tell his wife how much he loved her.  He also told me to look after his other troops and I promised him I would.” said Stoleson.

“I went to Basra hospital to look after Spc Roskoof and Spc Wendling, Roskoof had minor wounds but Wendling was in tough shape.  I was called to the operating room & was told he wasn’t going to make it.  I stayed until the end, because no solider was going out alone on my watch. They tried to get me to leave but it wasn’t happening I lost Mike at 11:29am alone by myself in my arms again”

SGT Stoleson’s son was born with a heart problem from being  exposed to the Burn Pits in Iraq and didn’t know if he would make it. But he did & believes that the men he lost were the angels watching over him.

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“My Heroes are those guys I’m just the story teller of their bravery and sacrifice.”

It was an honor to host SGT Stoleson at his first ever Packers game to thank him for his 28 years of service and sacrifices.

Army SGT Charles Fischbach

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Charles Fischbach was medically released from the Army after 14 years of service as a reservist in which he volunteered to be on active duty for 9 of those years. He went on his first deployment over seas as a SPC and the youngest person in his unit. After what was supposed to be a six month tour to Turkey he ended up spending 18 months in Bahgram, Afghanistan.

Upon his return home  he got married and in three years his unit was asked to serve overseas again. A week after his first daughter was born he deployed to Iraq. After spending a year there he returned home and was asked to stay on orders to train fellow service members in what he learned overseas. During his second tour in Iraq, Charles started struggling with PTSD, he lost a tendon in his wrist, and damaged both of his knees to a point where he had to wear braces to get around. Even with these issues the Army allowed him to stay on orders and lead fellow soldiers being sent to help train fellow service members in places like Texas, Kentucky and Alabama including other places.  Charles is now 100% disabled by the VA and according to the state. He has a service dog to help calm him when his PTSD flares up.

SGT Fischbach was nominated by his wife.  She told us how he spends his sundays watching football and never misses a Packer game.  It was an honor to host him & show him our appreciation for his service & sacrifices!

Army SGT Nickolas Mueller

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Sgt Nickolas Mueller, 160th, Special Operations, (Airborne) Night Stalkers, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA.

Nick was a mission qualified MH-47G Crew Chief on a Chinook Helicopter flying over 412 combat flight hours. Nick was the assistant training NCO. “For he loved to fight, fought to win, and would rather die than quit” NSDQ

On October 26th, 2009,Nick did pay the ultimate sacrifice in a helicopter crash due to hostile fire while on active duty in the Badghis Province of Northwestern Afghanistan.

Nick’s goal in the army was to be a pilot. As a young child in grade school, Nick talked about being a pilot in the army. Nick was living towards that dream. He loved the military. He was supporting our country and loving it. Nick was making a difference. He was strong, intelligent, and achieved everything he went after. He always carried a big smile and cared for people.

SGT Mueller was loved by many and liked by all. He had many friends, wrestled, played basketball and football, participated in track, played the Bari Sax in pep and jazz band, and was in choir and drama. Nick was elected 2001 homecoming king.

Nick was starting a new life with the love of his life. He takes with him her HEART. Other loves were his motorcycle and a day at the Hilton Head Beach with his “Sweets”. Nick made life worth living and he loved life to the fullest.

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We would like to thank Honor America’s Valor & the Tompa tailgate for helping us honor Nick’s Legacy.  It was an honor to have his parents with us & keep his legacy alive!

Army SGT Mike Engel

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SGT Engel served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has PTSD & is 100% disabled by the VA. Mike was nominated by his wife.  She told us how he has always talked about attending a game but was not sure how he would handle it with the big crowd.  So we invited SGT Engel to be our guest on the Lambeau field tour so he wouldn’t have to worry that much about the big crowds.

We were honored to meet him and show him our appreciation for his service & Sacrifices.

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