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Game 35 – Warrior Wishes Come True at the Giants Game!

So far this season we have made Warrior Wishes come true at 34 NFL games!

After hosting warriors at the Steelers game Sunday afternoon…

My dad did some sightseeing around Pittsburgh before jumping on an overnight bus to New York.

We have made some unforgettable memories in New York throughout the years. In fact, it’s where our mission began in 2012. I’ll never forget hanging out in Times Square with my dad until 1am the night before we kicked off our original mission. We really had no clue what we were getting ourselves in to.  Here are some of the amazing memories we shared with Chris and Damien in 2012.

We never imagined that we would have ever had the opportunity to host nearly 5000 veterans at over 1000 events 7 years later….

My dad arrived in New York Monday morning and immediately made his way out to the Meadowlands.

Here are some more of our favorite memories from making Warrior Wishes come true in New York at Giants games throughout the years.

Today we had the honor of hosting Army Sgt James Weikel, Marine Cpl David Noblit and Army SSG Doug Rossetti.

Sgt Weikel served as an infantryman stationed out of Ft. Lewis, WA.

Marine Corporal David Noblit, Jr. was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs above the knees, and sustained severe damage to his left arm in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast while serving in Afghanistan on Oct. 21, 2010.

What started as a normal day found Cpl Noblit on a morning patrol. A local told the squad’s interpreter that insurgents had been placing IEDs in a compound nearby. Working with a team, Cpl Noblit began clearing the compound. While completing the task, an unidentified IED was triggered, throwing Cpl Noblit through the air. The blast traumatically amputating both of his legs. Cpl Noblit also sustained severe damage to his left arm.

Lifesaving measures at the scene readied Cpl Noblit for transport as more than a dozen insurgents’ waited to ambush the group while en route to the landing zone. Following a firefight, and safely onboard the helicopter, Cpl Noblit was evacuated to Camp Leatherneck Hospital in Afghanistan.

Later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, David used a satellite phone to call his wife Amanda while on the medical transport plane airlifting him to Walter Reed Medical Center.

Today Cpl Noblit enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and anything to do with the outdoors. He also enjoys football, baseball, and spending time with his family. His wife, Amanda, and young son, Cayden have been by his side through his recovery. He is the recipient of a home provided by Homes for our Troops.

Army SSG Doug Rossetti proudly served our country for more than 15 years! He was nominated by his wife who wanted to show him how much she appreciates him for all he has done as a soldier and as a family man. It was an honor to make these wishes come true!

The group met up at Redd’s before making their way over to the tailgate.  Our friend Ed Salomeh and his tailgate crew have been by our side supporting our mission and making wishes come true with us in New York since day 1!

They didn’t have the big fancy wrapped RV back then like they do now, But every year they have gone above and beyond to provide an unforgettable experience. They treat the warriors to a top notch tailgate experience, provide them gifts, and even provide tickets for the warriors to attend the game! Even though James and David were rooting for the Cowboys… This year was no different.

We are forever grateful to call Ed and his crew friends and thankful for all of their continued support!

The warriors enjoyed hanging at before heading inside MetLife stadium to take the field.  The New York Giants also went above and beyond by providing field passes to the warriors. As they were making their way out the tunnel, they met former Giants Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw!

Once on the sidelines they watched their favorite players getting ready for the Monday night matchup up close and personal!

Cowboys Linebacker, Leighton Vander Esch stopped over to thank David and James for their service.

And Giants hall of fame Linebacker, Lawrence Taylor showed his appreciation to Doug!  What an incredible experience!

As game time approached everyone made their way up to their seats to kick things off.

The Giants intercepted Dak Prescott on his first pass attempt of the game! It seemed as if they dominated the first half, until the Cowboys scored twice in less than 2 minutes to take a 13-12 lead into the halftime break.

My dad took the break to meet up with our old friend Alex Rodriguez. Alex was one of our guests a few years back and happened to be at the game. He is on the verge of graduating college and we are so proud to see how great he is doing since we met him! Congrats Alex! Keep up the good work!

The Cowboys picked right back up where they left off in the 2nd half. They went on to beat the giants 37-18.

Thankfully we had warriors rooting for both teams, so we couldn’t lose… unfortunately Doug and his wife were sad while James & David celebrated the Cowboys victory.

Operation Warrior wishes would Link’s to thank Army Sgt James Weikel, Marine Cpl David Noblit and Army SSG Doug Rossetti for their service and sacrifices! If was an honor to host you at today’s game!

After the game ended, my dad made his way over to LaGuardia airport. I assume he found a spot on the ledge by the food court where he slept in this picture a few years ago before catching his Tuesday morning flight back home.

My dad will be heading back to the West Coast Wednesday evening to make Warrior wishes come true this week in Oakland and San Francisco! Stay tuned…

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Game 27 – Our Friends In NY Make Wishes Come True At The Giants Game!

Throughout our 2017 “All32in17” mission we have proudly hosted warriors and made wishes come true at 26 NFL games!

On Thursday my dad hosted warriors in the front row at the Jets game!

He spent the next few days hanging out in New York City before making his way back to MetLife stadium to make warrior wishes come true at the Giants game for the 2nd time this season.

Since 2012, we have made some unforgettable memories making wishes come true at the Giants games. Here are some of our favorite moments!

 

Today we were honored to host Army Sgt Wally Musselman & Marine Sgt Carlos Suarez.  Thanks to the warriors wives, both Wally & Carlos were surprised with the opportunity to attend the Giants game. On Saturday, my dad set up a fake radio contest giving Carlos the chance to win a gift card if he could answer a 3 questions about the Giants. After getting the first 2 right, my dad threw a curveball & asked “What is the the name of the stadium of the game you are going to tomorrow ?”

Sgt Suarez was extremely surprised and grateful. When he learned he was going to the game!

My dad took a more creative approach to surprise Army Sgt Musselman. On Saturday, my dad made his way to IKEA & surprised him in the middle of the store.

Somehow Kandyce, his wife, talked her husband into driving 4 hours to look at couches at the IKEA store in New Jersey. My dad arrived early and sat in cafe waiting for them. Kandyce provided my dad with a little info about Wally & upon arrival, my dad approached him and began talking to him like he was a long lost friend.

“Wally!! How have you been? It’s been a while, I Haven’t seen you since the camping trip at Woodland Campground. How was the Penn State game?”

Obviously, Wally was confused and wondered who the heck my dad was. Eventually my dad asked him to look behind some books where he found a Giants hat that my dad had his there & my dad finally let him in on the secret.

Thanks to the Embassy Suites, Wally & his family didn’t have to drive back home before the game. They got to enjoy the night received a welcome basket from Embassy Suited when they checked into their hotel room.  My dad hung out with them & made sure they were all set for dinner before heading to the airport to spend the night.

Early Sunday morning My dad met back up with the Musselmans at their hotel and they made their way to MetLife stadium to meet up with Carlos. They all met up at Redd’s.

Redd’s has been helping make wishes come true for the past few years and always provide parking & arise to the stadium for the warriors. We cannot thank them enough for their support!

Before hopping on he shuttle to the stadium, they met up with Marine Sgt Carlos Suarez, who was still laughing about how we surprised him with that fake radio contest yesterday. His father in law was his guest & he was a big Rams fan, so he & Wally got along real well!

After the whole gang had arrived, they stopped inside to meet “Redd” the Navy veteran whom the bar is named after & they headed over to the stadium for some pregame fun!

Our friend Ed Salomeh hosted everyone at his tailgate for the 6th consecutive season. Ed & his crew have literally been making wishes come true since day 1 of our mission in 2012.  As they always do, they went above and beyond to show their appreciation to the warriors for their service and sacrifices. Ed and his crew provided delicious food, a fun atmosphere with their Giants wrapped RV & even provided gifts to the warriors.

Ed even made sure that Wally got Rams gear! That shows a lot of respect considering how big of Giants fans these guys are! The gift bags they were presented included shoes, sweatshirts & even Jerseys!

It’s an honor to call Ed & his crew friends & we couldn’t make our Giants missions so special without their support!

Considering we were hosting both a Rams & a Giants fan at the game, we knew one warrior would end up being happy with the outcome & the other, not so much…

Unfortunately for Sgt Suarez & all the NY fans, it was the Giants on the wrong side of a lopsided game. The Rams trounced the G-men and won the game 51-17!  After the game, Wally & his family got the opportunity of a lifetime & got to go on the field to take a few pictures!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to once again thank Ed & his tailgate crew for their hospitality, their generosity & their continued support in helping us make wishes come true! We also want to thank Embassy Suites for providing accommodations for the Musselman family,  New Era for the Rams & Giants caps for the warriors & Redd’s for once again for providing parking & transportation to the stadium.

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank Army Sgt Wally Musselman and Marine Sgt Carlos Suarez for their service to our country! We salute you!

Immediately following the game, my dad made his way to the airport. He will be coming home for a few hours tonight before hitting the road first thin in the morning to make wishes come true at tomorrow’s Packers game. Stay tuned 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 34 – Warrior Wishes Come True In New York!

So far, we have made warrior wishes come true at 33 NFL games this year.  This has been another wild week, as we have hosted warriors in Green Bay, Nashville, Indy, Cleveland, Detroit & now we are heading to New York Sunday & DC Monday.

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Lately, the warriors have been treated to some of the most dramatic games all season. From the Bears holding off the Packers in Lambeau to a blocked FG attempt returned for a touchdown.  Then this past week in Detroit we saw Aaron Rodgers throw up a Hail Mary with no time left on the clock to beat the Lions.  In each game the road team won.  How was this game going to end?  We hoped the Giants could break our losing streak…
While warrior wishes were coming true at the Flyers game Saturday night in Philly, I was on my way to NY.  My dad flew to Philly & took a bus to the big apple.
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I picked my dad up around 1:30am in Manhattan.  We stopped in Times Square to get some famous New York thin crust pizza before driving to a Walmart parking lot in New Jersey to get a few hours of sleep.
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We met up with the warriors at Redd’s just down the street from MetLife stadium.  It was an honor to be hostinga 10 year Army Veteran (Patrick) & 3 Vietnam Veterans (Ken, Harvey & John)  at the Giants game.
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We made our way over to the stadium shortly after everyone had arrived to tailgate with our friend Ed & his amazing tailgate crew!
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Ed has been there helping us make warrior wishes come true literally from game 1.  He has welcomed each of the warriors with open arms and always goes above and beyond year after year to create an unforgettable experience for them.
This years New York experience was going to be better than ever, Manhattan Beer Distributors sponsored this experience giving us the opportunity to go all out!
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Plus, Ed & his crew bought a new RV & had it wrapped displaying some of the Giants biggest legends.  12 speakers sat atop the roof of the RV blasting music to get the party started.  The grill was fired up & it was tailgate time!
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The warriors were blown away by the tailgate experience.  Ed brought out an authentic “WWE” championship belt that was custom made with the Giants logos and Super Bowl championship logos.  The guys each had the opportunity to take pics with the belt.
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Ed didn’t stop there, he had gift bags made up for each of the guys complete with brand new Giants jerseys, jackets, t-shirts & more!  He even got our friend Mike an authentic Antonio Brown Steelers jersey!  (Mike was our guest in Pittsburgh in 2012, he now lives in the New York area & his girlfriend helped us secure a sponsorship from Manhattan Beer.  It was awesome catching up with him and hearing about all the amazing things he is doing to inspire others.  Learn more about the warriors below)
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For the 4th straight year Ed & his crew continued to raise the bar & Helped us make Warrior Wishes come true in New York, from the food to the gift bags, we are truly thankful for his generosity & friendship.
The Giants were hosting the Jets, with both teams being from New York, ticket prices were sky high!  Standing room only seats were selling for around $300 a piece.  Thankfully Manhattan Beer gave us the opportunity to get the guys front row tickets in the 300 level.  Since ticket prices were so expensive, my dad & I did not plan to go to the game.  As we walked the warriors into the stadium, my dad found a ticket on the ground!  Which gave him the chance to go in and make sure they were having a great time throughout the game.
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While they were inside the stadium having fun, I was watching the game on a TV in the parking lot.  We were treated to our 4th straight crazy game as the Jets found a way send the game into overtime.  They scored a field goal on their first drive in OT.  The Giants were able to drive the ball down the field and set up for a game tying field goal.  The kick sailed wide of the goal post giving the jets the win & extended our losing streak…
My dad & I waited for the warriors after the game back at Redd’s.  We planned to take the guys on a tour of ESPN after the game.
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It was about a 2 hour drive to Bristol, CT.  The guys were bummed about the Giants loss, but excited for the behind the scenes tour of ESPN.  We were greeted in Bristol by John, a security guard at ESPN.  John himself served our country & was more than happy to be out tour guide.
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John walked is down the halls of the world wide leader in sports.  From the news room to the Baseball tonight set, the guys got to see it all.  One of their favorite stops on the tour was in the cafeteria.  There was a section covered in dog tags, pictures & quotes, dedicated to the men & women who have served & work at ESPN.
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We wrapped up the tour around 9:30pm & thanked the warriors one last time before getting back on the road for our overnight drive to DC.
We would like to thank Manhattan Beer Distributors for their partnership and for helping us make warrior wishes come true at the Giants game,  Redd’s for allowing us to park and for providing shuttle service to and from the game, Ed & his tailgate crew for going above and beyond for the 4th straight year to help us make Warrior Wishes come true at the Giants game, New Era for providing Giants caps & our friends at ESPN for providing an unforgettable tour of the ESPN campus.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!