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The St. Louis Blues Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After making Warrior Wishes come true at almost 50 NFL games this season…

My dad took a break from football to make some wishes come true at a couple of hockey games.  We have an amazing opportunity to host a large group of warriors in a suite at the Dallas stars game this Friday & the Blues offered to host warriors in their suite Wednesday night!

I drove my dad to the train station early Wednesday morning.  When I got in my car, the temperature reading was -7 degrees….  it was bitterly cold.  Thankfully my dad was heading south & will be hosting warriors in domes over the next few days.  My dad took the train to downtown Chicago & braved the cold for a couple of hours while he waited for his bus to take him to St Louis.

He arrived in the Gateway city just before 3 pm and immediately made his way to the Hard Rock Cafe to meet up with Air Force Veteran Greg Miller and his wife Heather for dinner before that game.  He had hoped to meet up with a couple of Warrior Wishes alumni guests, but unfortunately they were unavailable.  Despite the frigid temps, my dad managed to snap a few pics by stadium on his way to the restaurant.

Greg & his wife arrived around 4:30.  The Hard Rock Cafe in St Louis have been helping make wishes come true for a few years.  We are truly thankful for their partnership & generosity!

Over dinner, my dad got to know the Miller’s before the game.  He learned about Greg’s artistic talent & about how he mentors veterans & students in art, using art as therapy.  His wife, Heather, has her own set of talents.  She has run numerous marathons and Ironman’s.  Heather has completed a marathon in 46 of the 50 states within the last 7 years!  Truly incredible!
Before making their way over to the scottrade center, my dad presented Greg with thank you letters from the kids at Clinton elementary.

The group eventually ventured back out into the arctic chill & walked a couple of blocks to the stadium.

 

The Blues went above and beyond by providing our guests with “Penthouse Suite” tickets!  But unfortunately, the Blues were defeated by the Nashville Predators by the score of 2-1.  Despite the loss, Greg & his wife had an unforgettable experience!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to send a special thank you to Rand and the St Louis Blues for going above and beyond to provide an unforgettable experience for Greg & his wife.  They truly enjoyed the suite!  We also would like to thank Hard Rock Cafe for their continued support in St Louis.

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly we want to thank Air Force Veteran Greg Miller for his service & sacrifices!

After the game, My dad hopped on a 2am bus headed to Dallas to host a large group of warriors & their family’s at Friday’s Dallas Stars game. The Stars are actually playing the Blues so my dad should have just asked to ride on the team plane…. haha

Stay tuned for more details!

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Another Walk Off Warrior Wish Come True in Cleveland!

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After an unforgettable day of making Warrior Wishes Come True in Philadelphia, my dad got a few hours of sleep at the luxurious “Greyhound” Hotel.  He arrived in Cleveland around 11:15 AM. The City of Cleveland was abuzz – with the NBA Finals starting tomorrow.  Crews were putting up huge banners at the Quicken Loans Arena, stages for watch party and getting the city ready for the big event. 

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We had hoped that Oklahoma City would have beat Golden State because then the Cavaliers would have had a home game tomorrow.  My dad would have stayed in Cleveland to host heroes at Game 1 of NBA Finals…

My dad was honored to be hosting Marine CPL Daniel Hanson and his family  at tonights Indians game.  CPL Hanson served over 7 years & was deployed on 4 combat tours.  Daniel and his family were nominated a couple years ago for a game in Cleveland, but unfortunately did not work out then.  Thankfully we keep nominations on file for future games and were happy to finally host them tonight.

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My dad met the family for finner courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock Cafes across the country have been supporting our mission making warrior wishes come true over the past 3 years.  We can’t thank them enough!!!  The kids favorite part of the mean was eating dinner off the awesome guitar shaped plates.

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After dinner, everyone stopped by Quicken Loans Arena to take a quick picture before heading into Progressive Field to watch the Indians take on the Rangers.  My dad bought 4 good tickets for the Hanson family & former Cleveland Brown Felix Wright had an extra ticket and offered it to my dad.

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My dad bought Felix’ son a hot dog and a drink to thank him for the ticket, and went to sit with the Hanson family. Little did they know that CPL Hanson and the kids have a little surprise coming.  

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Earlier in the week my dad reached out to the Indians and set up a surprise “seat visit” – in which they bring Gift Bags to their seats.  It was so cool to watch as both Daniel and the kids really appreciated this – going through the bag and seeing baseballs and jerseys for the kids, Indians Camo hats for all 4 and much more!!   

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The game itself was very exciting too – back and forth the entire game and eventually going extra innings.  In the bottom of 11th Inning, the Indians got the walkoff win thanks to an RBI single by Gomes.  This was the 3rd walkoff win my dad had seen on this 3rd leg of our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.  

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We want to thank Hard Rock Cafe for their continued support & the Pre Game meal, New Era Cap for the Indians Caps and the Cleveland Indians for Gift Bags/Seat Visit. But most importantly, THANK YOU  Marine Corporal Daniel Hanson for your service to our great country!!!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

After the game, my dad hopped on another overnight bus to head home &make warrior wishes come true at the Cubs Game.  He will also get to sleep in an actual bed tomorrowe & get a much needed break.  Stay tuned for details!

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The New York Yankees Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

One of the really interesting things about our mission is, that just like a snowflake, no two missions are ever alike. One night you have families with little kids (like Cincy), one night you have a young couple like last night in Pittsburgh and then you have today with 5 veterans just hanging out together.  We have hosted warriors WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq & Afghanistan as well as Gold Star Families.  Every mission is different & special in its own way.  After making warrior wishes come true in Pittsburgh, my dad took his second straight overnight bus and arrived in New York just before sunrise.  

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My wife – and probably most women – were little jealous – as my dads bus arrived just in time for Good Morning America’s “Dancing with The Stars “After Party. He got video of champion Nyle carrying the Mirror Ball Trophy in,as well as photos of some of other dancers including Ginger Zee – who was instrumental in getting our warriors behind the scenes at GMA IN the first place in 2012.

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After hanging out in times square outside GMA, my dad took time to catch up on a little work and secure dinner spots for rest of mission before he hopped on the D Train to the Bronx to meet up with Navy Warriors Richard Schulz & Guillermo David as well as Army Warriors Jaime Bayona-Serrano, Luis Gomez Franco & Luis Soltero.

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The Hard Rock Cafe at Yankee Stadium provided everyone a meeting place and a delicious PreGame meal.  The Hard Rock cafe is decorated with some awesome memorbilia including an autographed “Yankees” Guitar.  The restaurant is actually located at Yankee Stadium and is the premier spot to hang out before and after Yankees games.  

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After dinner, the Yankees (as they have done all four years of our mission) provided a Pre Game Museum Tour. This your gives you a nostalgic look at the history of the Yankees, from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter.  It’s an amazing tour filled with a lot of baseball history.  Thank you Heather and Cristina (from the Yankees) for giving the warriors this awesome opportunity!

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My dad loves providing these experiences to warriors, especially when it’s their firs game ever.  Tonight, 3 of the warriors were attending their First Yankees Game.

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As far as the game itself, The Yankees kept things close until the Blue Jays hit back to back home runs and could never catch up.  Despite the Yankees losing 8-4.  The Warriors still had a great time!

We couldnt have made it all possible without the Hard Rock Cafe who provided dinner, New Era Cap who provided Yankees caps to all the warriors & the New York Yankees for providing Museum Tour and awesome seats behind Home Plate for the 4th Straight Year!!!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!!!

Most importantly THANK YOU to our veterans for their dedicated service to our country and especially to Richard Schulz who just retired a couple months ago after 23 years of service.

After the game my dad headed for the bus station and will be spending his 3rd night in a row sleeping on his overnight “bus” hotel.  He will be in Boston tomorrow moring to make Warrior Wishes come true at Fenway!  

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Dont forget to nominate your hero for an upcoming game on our Battlefields to Ballfields mission!

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MEET THE WARRIORS

Richard W. Schulz LCDR/NC/USN (retired)

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Enlisted in 1992, became a Hospital Corpsman and then specialized as a Radiation Health Technician. In 1996 was selected to the Enlisted Commissioning Program after winning Junior Sailor of the Year for the Northeast Region in 1995, and completed Bachelors in Nursing in 1999 earning a commission as an Ensign. Specialized in Critical Care and Trauma Nursing with deployments to Djibouti Africa,  Zamboanga Philippines, North Arabian Gulf, and Kandahar Afghanistan as a trauma/critical care/flight nurse. Was selected to attend the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and received degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2013. Retired in 2016 after 23 years of Naval Service.

LTJG Guillermo David
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Joined the US NAVY on September 30th 1996.
In his 19 year he has served the following commands:
– CHB-SIX from 1996 – 1999.
– MIUW203 from 1999 – 2008
– MARESDET 203 2008 – 2009
– MESDET 203 2009 – 2011
– Construction Battalion 2011 – 2012
– Littoral Combat Ship Seaframe NYC 2013 to date.
Was commissioned on October 1 2012 as a Naval Officer (Ensign)
-Deployed in 203 in support of OIF
-Deployed in 2009 to Kuwait and Iraq in support of OIF/OEF
-Currently serving a Executive officer of Littoral Combat Ship Seaframe NYC reserve unit.
In his 19 years of service LTJG have served in multiples missions/ Operations in country and abroad in support of our freedom and way of life.
Army Warrior Luis GomezFranco
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My name’s luis GomezFranco I am a veteran of the U.S. Army.  When I finished my basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, I was sent to my first duty station in Yongsan , South Korea. I was in the unit 121 medical brigade and worked as a postal clerk for that year. My MOS was Automated logistics specialist or 92A.  After Korea, I was sent to Fort Bragg, N.C. and got to do more of my actual job as a supply specialist working in a warehouse. After a year in Bragg, I was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. When we first got there we were stationed in a black out FOB or forward operating base working as the quick reaction force for the base.  Over time, we started rolling out on convoys delivering packages and whatever resources were needed to other bases.  After military I stayed in Fayetteville NC for a while then decided to move back to NY. The rest is pretty much history.
Army Warrior Jaime Bayona-Serrano
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I was born in Puerto Rico San Juan, moved to New York when I was 8 years old. Join the army when I was 19 years old. I went to boot camp in Fort Benning Georgia to be a 11b infantry. My duty station was in ¼ Infantry Germany, Hohenfels. I was a M113 driver and trained tank forces and troops before they got deployed.
Army Warrior Luis Soltero
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I was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx.  Shortly after graduating high school I enlisted in the US Army as an E-1 private.   After attending boot camp in Ft. Jackson and Advanced Individual Training in Ft. Sill acquiring the Fire & Support Specialist (13Fox aka FIST) skill set, my first duty station was at Ft. Wainwright, Ak where I was stationed for 3.5 years.  I deployed from there in supports of various missions in country such as JRTC (3X) AND NTC (2X). I reenlisted after 3.5 years as a sergeant promotable to Ft Drum, NY.  I deployed with my Ft. Drum unit to Baghram, Afghanistan providing indirect fires for Infantry units in supports of Operation Enduring Freedom 03-04.  My awards are as follows;
-3x army commendation medal
-3x army achievement medal
-Good Conduct Award
-2x Supervisory Certificate Award
-Physical Fitness Award
-Global War on Terrorism
-Expeditionary Medal
-Overseas Tour of Duty Ribbon
-Airborne Course
-Expert Infantry Badge
-Advanced Individual Training
After receiving an Honorable Discharge, I graduated from Lehman College receiving a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters in Business of Science.  I now serve as a Budget Analyst for Lehman College and volunteer my off time to helping Veterans thru Team RWB thru social and athletic activities.