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Game 6 – Warrior Wishes Come True At the Jets Game!

Since kicking off our mission on September 5th in Chicago…

My dad has made stops in Boston, New Orleans, Carolina & Atlanta to make Warrior Wishes come true.

  

Immediately following the Falcons game, he made his way to the airport to get a couple hours of sleep before catching his 7am flight to Newark, NJ.

He landed around noon and jumped in an uber to MetLife stadium, home of the New York Jets.

We have shared some unforgettable moments making Warrior Wishes come true at Jets games throughout the years.  My favorite memory of all was watching Fireman Ed sincerely thank our guests in 2012.  We have also enjoyed hanging out with the L7 tailgate crew and even made wishes come true with front row seats at last years game!

Today we had the honor of hosting Army Sgt Wilfredo Martinez and Army Sgt Jose Sanchez at the Jets Monday night game!

Army Sgt Wilfredo Martinez joined the Army in December 1999 at the age of 17 and served our country for 13 years. While deployed in Afghanistan, Sgt Martinez was involved in two explosions leaving him with a TBI, PTSD, back problems, night terrors, and many other lasting injuries.

Today Wilfredo, his wife and 6 children live in upstate New York on a Chicken farm and “Loves his Jets.” According to his wife, he begs her every year to go to a game. It’s an honor to make his wish come true!

Sgt Jose Sanchez joined the Army National Guard in 1985. On 9/11, Jose was called to action. He spent 4 years at ground zero and worked on search and recovery. He later volunteered to go to Afghanistan. Sgt Sanchez served on 154 missions outside the wire!

On Jan 3 2006 he was medivaced out of Afghanistan and sent to Germany before being sent to Walter Reed hospital to recover. Sgt sanchez was medically retired and now struggles with PTSD, a TBI, along with lumbar, and pulmonary issues. But he continues to serve his community and opened EL Barrio boxing and wellness center. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to host Sgt Sanchez at the Jets game!

My dad met up with Sgt Sanchez and Sgt Martinez at Redd’s restaurant and bar. They let the warriors park for free and shuttle them over to and from the stadium! We cannot thank Redd’s enough for their support throughout the years!

Sgt Martinez was accompanied by his wife and 3 month old son, who is our youngest guest ever!

As the group got to know each other, they hopped on the shuttle and made their way to the stadium to tailgate before the game.

“Tailgate Joe” offered to host our group before the game. His tailgate Is the biggest and best New York Jets tailgate party and gameday experience!

Today’s menu included BBQ Pulled Pork, Sabrosa Burgers, award winning Chili Dogs, BBQ baked beans, homemade macaroni salad and fresh filled cannoli. It was top notch and delicious! We cannot thank Tailgate Joe enough for hosting us! Make sure to check out tailgatejoe.com next time you go to a Jets game!

As game time approached the group made their way into the stadium to watch the Cleveland Browns take on the New York Jets.

Unfortunately, the Jets failed to score a touchdown and fell to the Browns 23-3.

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Sgt Wilfredo Martinez and Army Sgt Jose Sanchez for their service and sacrifices! You are appreciated and will never be forgotten!

After the game my dad did his best to figure out the New York subway system and made his way to JFK airport to catch his 7am flight home. He’s on G-Pa duty Wednesday and will be back in Action in Jacksonville on Thursday! Stay tuned for more details!

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Game 26 – Honoring Warriors With Front Row Tickets At The Jets Game!

Since Kicking off our 2017 “All32in17” mission on Opening night in New England, we have been honored to host warriors at 25 games this season!  

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This week, my dad kicked off week 9 in New York.  He took an early morning flight from Chicago & landed in the Big Apple around 9am.  

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Upon arrival, he immediately made his way to the Meadowlands to tie up loose ends for today’s Jets game. 

Over the years we have made some unforgettable memories making wishes come true at the Jets games.  Here are some of our favorite moments!

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We were honored to be hosting Army Veteran David Mormak, Marine Richard Lucas and 39 year Air Force Veteran Anne Maker at today’s game.  All 3 of them were big Jets fans & nominated to us by the Central NJ warriors group.  

Our friends at Redd’s provided parking & a shuttle to the stadium for the warriors.  

Air Force Veteran Anne Maker was the first to arrive. Her 39 years of service may be the longest serving veteran that we have ever hosted. My dad had a few minutes to get to know Anne while they waited for our other guests to arrive.  Her dedication to our country is incredible!

Marine, Richard Lucas was next to arrive.  Richard is currently in Law School and hoped to one day handle domestic law cases on pro bono basis, to “help those who can’t afford legal representation.”

While waiting for David to arrive, The group had the honor & privilege to meet the “Redd” himself.  John”Redd”Palsi introduced himself to the group.  My dad thanked him & his son for their continued support over the years.  

John said “We better damn well take care of them – we can’t do enough for those guys!” And then proceeded to show them a photo and model replica of the Navy aircraft carrier he served on, displayed right in front of his restaurant when you walk inside. 

Once Army Veteran David Mormak arrived the group got to know one another, snapped a picture & hopped on the Redds Shuttle to MetLife stadium to tailgate with the L7 Tailgate crew!  

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Our friend, Joe Carlson is the ultimate Jets fan!  He and his “L7” tailgate crew welcomed the warriors with open arms, just like they always do.  

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While everyone was enjoying the pregame entertainment over meatball sandwiches, Mac & cheese and a few drinks, my dad presented them all with new Jets caps courtesy of New Era & surprised them with Front row tickets to the game!  

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They all thanked Joe & his crew for the hospitality before heading over the stadium to take advantage of the front row experience.  

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Sitting in the front row, just above the play clock, they captured some great pictures throughout the game.  I even saw them on TV a couple of times!  

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The Jets were facing the Bills in an extremely important divisional game.  They came in as the underdog, but ended up coming out on top! 

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Redd’s for their continued support in helping us make wishes come true at MetLife stadium.  We also want to thank Al from the Central NJ wounded warriors group for the nominations, Joe & his tailgate crew for the incredible hospitality & our friends at New Era for providing Jets caps to the warriors!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank Marine Richard Lucas, Army Veteran David Mormak and Air Force Vet Anne Maker for their service & sacrifices to our country!  We salute you!

After the game, Richard offered to let my dad stay at his place for the night so he didn’t have to go sleep at the airport.  My dad will be back in action this Sunday making wishes come true at Giants game at the same stadium.  Stay tuned for more details!

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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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Make sure to follow our mission live on Facebook Twitter & Instagram @WarriorWishes.

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 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Game 39 – World Record Warrior Wishes Come True At The Jets Game!

Over the past 81 days, my dad has traveled the country making Warrior Wishes come true at 31 different NFL stadiums!  Today, my dad was back in New York to break a world record and more importantly to make wishes come true at the Jets game.  

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He spent the night at our friend, Erick’s house, last night after hosting warriors at yesterdays Jaguars game.

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This is “Part 2” of Avery Williamson/Warrior Wishes honoring of our 9/11 Ground Zero First Responders.  If you recall, back on Nov 14 at Giants game, we hosted veterans & 9/11 First Responders, thanks to a generous donation from the auction of Avery ‘s 9/11 Tribute Cleats.

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We want to be fair so today we are hosting and honoring those 9/11 First Responders who are Jet fans –  FDNY Firemen Bobby Boldi, Jay Byrne, Matt Cody, Chris Vesey and Don Hoffman.  We were also honored to host Army Sgt Chris Levi.  

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After the game tonight we will have made warrior wishes come true at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season for 5 straight years!  And this year, when the final seconds tick off the scoreboard, my dad will have the new Guinness Book of World Record for “Fastest Time To Attend a game at every NFL Stadium!”  82 days!

The record is cool, but not the reason we do what we do.  Having the opportunity to show the brave men & women who serve our country that their service & sacrifices are appreciated and never forgotten is why we continue our mission.  It’s so much more than just a game.  

Here are some of our favorite memories of making warrior wishes come true at the Jets games over the years.

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My dad arrived at MetLife stadium early went to help set up the L7 Tailgate crew set up. When the Warriors arrived, My dad gave them all their New Era Jets caps & everyone had fun tailgating in the L7 lot.   Everyone really enjoyed the awesome chicken roll sandwiches that nobody could get enough of!  

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After a couple hours of fun tailgating everyone headed inside MetLife stadium to watch the the Jets take on the Colts. 

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Unfortunately for our guests, the Jets were really never in it.  The Boo Birds were our out early and did not stop until they finally put in backup QB, Bryce Petty. Petty did throw a long touchdown pass to rookie Robbie Anderson, which was the only bright spot of the day in a 41-10 drubbing by the Indianapolis Colts.

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Despite the loss, everyone still had a great time.  

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Joe & the L7 tailgate crew for hosting us again this year.  We also want to thank New Era Cap for the Jets caps for all the warriors and Chive Charities for providing KCCO t-shirts.  

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!  

Most importantly We invite you to join us in thanking Army Sgt Chris Levi & all the  9/11 First Responders for their service & sacrifices! It’s appreciated, does not go unnoticed & will never be forgotten.  

Even though the “official ‘All32in17’ mission” is over, we still have a couple more full weekends of events.  We cannot thank everyone who has been there to help us make our 2016 mission a big success!  We truly couldn’t do it without all of your support!

Next week we will be back in Baltimore to make warrior wishes come true at the 2016 Army – Navy game!  Stay tuned for more details.  

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Don’t forget to nominate your hero for an upcoming game on our 2016 “All32in17” Mission!

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Twitter “@WarriorWishes”

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Contact Craig for more information about the mission (630) 339-6714

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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!
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Game 15 – Warrior Wishes Come True In New York!

My dad had the opportunity to hang out at home with X-man between making warrior wishes come true Thursday night in New Orleans & flying out for the weekend to host heroes in New York Sunday & Philadelphia on Monday.

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Saturday evening my dad flew to Philadelphia for $21 then hopped on a $1 megabus to New York to catch a $10 train to the meadowlands in New Jersey for the Sunday afternoon Jets game.  It was a round about way to get there but it saved us a lot of money which helps us make more warrior wishes come true in the future.
Today we had the honor of hosting Army warriors Andrew Rivera, Bryan Dilberian & Kevin Dilberian at the Jets game thanks to our friends at Manhattan Beer Distributors.
(“Meet the Warriors” below)
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Over the past thirty-five years, Manhattan Beer Distributors has strived to become the premier full-service beverage company in Metro New York. Manhattan Beer Distributors sponsored both of our New York missions giving us the opportunity to provide unforgettable once in a lifetime experiences at both Jets & Giants games thanks to their generosity!
Here are some of our favorite memories from the past 3 years making warrior wishes come true at the Jets games.
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Earlier this week we received an email from a guy named Joe who offered to host us & the Warriors at his “L7 tailgate.”  The L7 parking lot, has become the largest and most recognizable tailgate at Jets games in recent years.  Jets owner, Woody Johnson, even made his way over to the tailgate to thank the warriors for their service!  Joe & the L7 tailgaters went above and beyond to help us give the Warriors an ultimate Jets tailgate experience & we can’t thank them enough!
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The Warriors enjoyed excellent seats and got to watch the Jets win up close from just a few rows deep in the end zone thanks to the generosity of Manhattan Beer distributors.
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After thanking the Warriors one last time, my dad hopped back on the train to New York City to catch his $1 bus ride back to Philadelphia to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Monday night Eagles game.
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Warrior Wishes came true in New York thanks to Manhattan Beer Distributors, the L7 tailgate crew & New Era Caps!
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!