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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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 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Game 6 – Warrior Wishes Come True At Soldier Field!

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Game 39 – Warrior Wishes Come True In St. Louis

On September 13th we kicked off our 4th annual “All32in17” mission to make warrior wishes come true at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season.  Less than 100 days later, we completed the mission by hosting Warriors at the Rams game at our 32nd stadium in St.Louis thanks to our friends at Edward Jones.

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Today we had the honor of hosting SGT Kent Burns, SPC Katie Knight & honored the legacy of SGT Ben Prange. (meet the Warriors below)

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Our friend Don Gaylord from Edward Jones went above and beyond to help make these Warriors wishes come true in a “Suite” way!  Edward Jones provided pre game field passes & a luxury suite!!!

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The Rams, in their bright yellow “Color Rush” jerseys, gave the Warriors plenty to cheer about when they quickly jumped out to a 21-3 lead before halftime!

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During the halftime break, my dad gathered everyone in the suite to thank Edward Jones for providing a once in a lifetime experience & to recognize each warrior for their service and sacrifices.  He got emotional as he requested a moment a silence for SGT Prange’s ultimate sacrifice.

Tavon Austin scored his 2nd touchdown of the game to increase the Rams lead late in the 3rd quarter.  

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The Bucs did their best to make a comeback scoring 2 touchdowns & a field goal in the 4th, but came up short.  

The win by the Rams snapped our 7 game losing streak.  

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There are talks that the Rams may not be back in St. Louis next year.  Which means this very well could be the last game the Rams ever play in St Louis!  

We would like to thank Don Gaylord & Edward Jones Investments for making these warrior wishes come true.  We would also like to thank New Era for providing Rams Caps.

Even though our mission to host heroes at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season is officially accomplished, doesn’t mean our mission is over.  My dad will be taking a week off for the holidays and will look to get back in action in 2 weeks.  Stay tuned for more details. 

MEET THE WARRIORS

SSG BENJAMIN PRANGE

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Staff Sgt  Ben Prange was an awesome man. He grew up in a close knit family in rural Nebraska. He had an older sister and brother.  He suffered some losses as a child losing both his mother and father at a young age.  He lived with his grandparents in Roca Nebraska and graduated from Norris High School.  While attending Norris he met his wife Liz.  They eventually had two boys Corbin and Dillion.  Ben joined the United States Army in 2007. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs Colorado.  He was on his third deployment when he was killed in action. Ben enjoyed playing video games and watching football.  He was also a devoted father and husband and will be forever missed and loved.

SPC KATIE KNIGHT

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Katie Knight served in the United States Army for 4 years active duty and 4 years in the Missouri National Guard.  She was an E4 Specialist & an  Engineer as a Heavy Equipment Operator.  Katie loved serving very much.  She now battles PTSD.  Her service dog, Minders, was trained through Missouri Patriot Paws out of Rolla MO. and helps her with her PTSD.

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Master Sergeant Burns entered active duty with the United States Army on 26 May 1992 as an Infantry Mortar Man. During his career he also served as a Signal Soldier and retired on 1 June 2012 as a Career Counselor.

Master Sergeant Burns served at Fort Hood, Texas; Darmstadt, Germany; Katterbach, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Master Sergeant Burns has deployed to Bosnia in 1995-96 and again in 1998; to Saudi Arabia in 2001, Kuwait in 2002, and Iraq in 2003.

His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (7 OLC), Army Superior Unit (2nd Awd), Good Conduct Medal (6th Awd), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Awd), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd Awd), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star (2nd Awd), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Awd), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the NATO Medal and the Career Counselor Badge.

He is married to Jody Burns and has five children: Ashley, 20; Austin, 20; Colin, 13; Emma, 10 and Jackson, 5. He is currently Fort Leonard Wood’s Enlisted Strength Manager with the Department of the Army.

In his spare time: he volunteers as a youth sports coach for Fort Leonard Wood; Secretary for the Waynesville Masonic Lodge; Vice President of the Waynesville High School’s Athletic Booster Club and an elected member of the Pulaski County Extension Board. For fun: he enjoys spending time with his family; participating in local 5K runs; watching his daughter’s college soccer games and attends home games as a season ticket holder for the St Louis Rams

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After the game, the Burns family told us they had an “Amazing Experience”.  SGT Burns wife told us that Kent & the kids couldn’t stop talking about the experience.  And thats coming from a Rams season ticket holder!  It was an honor to make this 21 year veterans warrior wish come true!

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Game 18 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Arizona!

On Saturday night my Dad flew from Chicago to spend less than an hour in LA before driving south to San Diego, then spent less than 24 hours in San Diego making Warrior Wishes come true at the Chargers game before taking an overnight bus to Phoenix to do it all over again Monday night.  So if you’re keeping track, in the matter of 3 days he has been in Chicago, LA, San Diego & Phoenix!

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Today my dad was honored to host Army Sgt Michael Schwartz, Navy Warriors Jesse Tejeda & Dan Majures, as well as the Gold Star family of Army LTC Michael Warren. (Meet the Warriors below)
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My dad met up with the warren family for dinner before the game at McFadden’s in Glendale, just outside the stadium.
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McFadden’s Saloon is one of Glendale AZ’s premier sports bars.  It was a great place to get to learn about LTC Warren’s legacy & have a delicious meal with his wife & son.
Unfortunately Mike, Dan & Jesse got caught in traffic and were unable to make it to dinner.  So my dad met up with them just outside the stadium and escorted them inside.  
The Cardinals went above and beyond by providing tickets for the warriors.  
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After a few Cardinals mistakes late in the 4th quarter, the Ravens almost made an incredible comeback, but the cardinals held on for the win with a game saving interception in the end zone for the win!  It was a great way to end a great day.
My dad thanked the Warriors one last time for their service & sacrifices after the game and went directly to the airport to catch a red eye flight back to Chicago.  He will have another few “days off” for the second straight week before making his way to Atlanta & Carolina next weekend.
We would like to thank McFadden’s for providing a pregame meal, the Arizona Cardinals for providing tickets & New Era Cap for providing Cardinals caps for the Warriors.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
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We have now hosted warriors at 18 NFL games this season on our mission to honor heroes, keep legacies alive & provide once in a lifetime experiences at all 32 NFL stadiums in one season for our 4th consecutive year.  Follow the mission at www.warriorwishes.org

ARMY SGT MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

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Michael Schwartz was born in Phoenix and raised in Mesa for the first 21yrs of his life. He made the decision to join the Army back in 2001 and swore in on delayed entry on September 7, 2001. I was excited about my new career choice.  Just a few days later on  September 11, 2001, Michael knew there was a reason for his choice and that it was bigger than just him. He arrived to basic training on October 25, 2001 at FT. Knox and didn’t know the amount of craziness he was in for but says he would do it again in a heartbeat. 

After he graduated from basic training Michael was shipped over to FT. Bliss for his AIT and that is where he learned the basics of becoming a 14E, Patriot Missile Operator Maintainer. He completed a 6 month AIT training and received orders to Korea. Sgt Schwartz was stationed in Kunsan, Korea at Kunsan Air Base and that is where he spent the next 2 yrs of his career.  He was part of Echo Battery 3/43 and says it was one hell of a learning experience.

In 2004 and Schwartz was given orders to report to FT. Bliss again and was assigned to 5/52 HHB. That is where I spent the rest of his active duty career.

Michael joined the Arizona National Guard and learned how to become a 44C/36B, Financial Technician. He was part of the Guard from 2006 – 2012. During that time He was a part of many different missions and was also stationed on the border to assist the Border Patrol.

Sgt Schwartz is married to his wife, Amy, who he calls his rock & enjoys cheering on the Cardinals.  

ARMY LTC MICHAEL WARREN

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Lieutenant Colonel Michael Shaun Warren, age 51, died Wednesday April 29, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. LTC Warren is survived by his wife, Sheila, and five children Michael Warren, Jr., Jody Warren, Kevin Warren, Taylor Dennis, and Jackson Warren. Michael was a loving husband and adored father who enjoyed spending time with his family very much. LTC Warren was born July 24, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona, the oldest of five sons born to Lillian Barbara (Rollins) Warren and Michael C. Warren. LTC Warren earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 2001, and a Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2012. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, where he graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Advanced Military Studies Program at the School of Advanced Military Studies. LTC Warren has been on active duty since 2003. He retired from the Tempe Police Department as a Sergeant with over 20 years of service in 2005. LTC Warren deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Arizona Distinguished Service Medal. LTC Warren’s hobbies included reading historical novels (his favorite topic was World War II), attending sporting events (he cheered for ASU, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks), riding his motorcycle, and vacationing with his family. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Shaun Warren died at the end of April at the age of 51. He left behind his wife of 20 years and 5 beautiful children ages ranging from 9-29. From the age of 7 Michael dreamed of being in the United States Military. Michael spent his entire adult life serving his community and our country. He spent 20 years as a Police Officer for the City of Tempe, and had the privilege of living his life’s dream of being an Officer in the Military, where he was the Commander of a battalion in the Army National Guard. Over the 20 years he spent in the Army, he served in 2 deployments abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served his country with bravery and dedication, where he received numerous awards, and most recently had a scholarship named after him. Michael battled cancer for 2 years, and during that time he never waivered in his responsibility to his soldiers or country. Even after numerous surgeries and hospitalizations, Michael continued to work from home, and from the hospital. He was courageous to the end, and was respected by everyone he came in contact with. Michael was an avid sports fan and loved football. He obtained season tickets as soon as the Cardinals came to AZ, and enjoyed watching and attending all of the games he was able to. LTC Warren & his family were huge sports fans, and supported all of their local teams.

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After Michael passed, his family was forced to give up thier season tickets. Just before he passed he taught his 9 year old son, Jackson, to play NFL Madden, which is one of Jackson’s favorite memories of his father. We are honored to get the Warren Family back to a Cardinals game in Michael’s honor to share his love for the game of football, cheering on his favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals.

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Game 13 – Warrior Wishes Come True in Dallas!

After hosting warriors at the 12th NFL game of our 2015 “All32in17” mission in Houston & spending a few days Chiving on in Austin, it was time to get back to work & make Warrior Wishes come true in Dallas!

I had dropped my dad off at the bus station in Houston to catch his $1 overnight bus to Dallas before heading back to Chicago with the family.
My dad arrived around 1am and stayed up all night getting everything ready to host warriors at the Dallas Cowboys game for our 13th game this season!
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Here are some of our favorite memories from making Warrior Wishes come true in Dallas over the past 3 years.
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We had the honor of hosting Army SPC Michael Wells, Army SPC Amber Wells & Army SGT Bobby Henline at today’s game.  (meet the warriors below).
We kicked off the day & met up with the warriors at the Cowboys PFUFA Ultimate Tailgate.  Over the past few years our friends at this tailgate have hosted us & truly helped us make each warriors experience special.  Plus this year they went above and beyond by raising $400 to make more Warrior Wishes come true!  We are thankful for their hospitality & generosity!
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As I mentioned in our Seattle post, a lot of people ask us what stadium is the best in the NFL? The answer is simple.  AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is in a league of its own.
With Tony Romo & Dez Bryant sidelined due to injuries, the Cowboys had a difficult matchup ahead of them.  The undefeated New England Patriots were in town & hungry for another win.
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The Cowboys were able to keep Rob Gronkowski contained for much of the game, but Tom Brady & his high powered offense were too much for the Cowboys to handle.  The Patriots went on to win by the score of 30-6.
Despite the loss, the warriors had a great time & we were just getting started.  A friend of ours works for the Cowboys & was able to get us 6 Landry Room passes. On top of the warriors we had hosted at the game, we also met up with Marines Omar Milan & Harry Duffy as well as Army Warrior Julio Marin to host them in the Landry room as well.
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The Landry Room is one of the most unique characteristics of AT&T stadium.  It’s a luxurious room with couches, a full service bar & lots of delicious food.  Most of the players meet up with their family members after the game in the Landry room.
Cowboys Jason Witten, Terrence Williams, Cole Beasley, Tyler Clutts, Nick Hayden, Lucky Whitehead, Demarcus Lawrence, Jason Garrett & Hall of Famer Charles Haley all took the time to take pictures, sign autographs & show these warriors their appreciation for their service & sacrifices!  It was an unforgettable experience!
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We would like to thank the PFUFA Cowboys Ultimate fans for hosting us at your tailgate & raising money to continue our mission, New Era Caps for providing Cowboys Caps for all the warriors & our friend Brett from the Cowboys for helping us secure tickets to the game & providing the Landry room passes.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
So far this season my dad has been spoiled & only taken a handful of busses, but things are about to change.  We do everything we can to keep travel costs down so we can make more warrior wishes come true.    Over the next few weeks my dad will be riding the bus a lot!  Staring with a 18 hour bus ride from Dallas to Chicago.
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He will have a few days to hang out with us back here in Chicago before heading out to Atlanta to catch a bus to New Orleans for the Thursday night game later this week
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MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY SSG BOBBY HENLINE

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A veteran of Desert Storm by age 19, Bobby was inspired to re-enlist in the Army after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. He deployed to Iraq three times with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Armored Calvary regiment. On April 7th, 2007, tragedy struck when Bobby’s Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb just north of Bagdad. Of five men in the vehicle, Bobby was the only survivor. More than 38 percent of his body was burned and his head was burned to the skull; he spent six months in the hospital fighting for his life, and within two years Bobby’s left hand was amputated. To date, he has had more than 40 surgeries.

In August, 2009 Bobby pinky swore with his occupational therapist that he would try stand-up comedy in Los Angeles while he was in town for a doctor’s visit. Shortly thereafter, during an open mic night at the Comedy Store, the “Well-Done Comedian” was born. Bobby believes that God kept him alive for a reason. He believes his mission is to help create awareness for burn survivors, to inspire people to live life to the fullest, and to heal others through his story and laughter. Bobby’s self-deprecating comedic style will leave you in stitches and will burn in your heart forever.

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Bobby has also proved to be a gifted motivational speaker, using his own experiences as a way to add perspective and bring inspiration to people’s lives. Bobby has been asked to speak with companies, individuals and non-profit organizations. Testimonials from those who have heard Bobby provide a sense of the lasting aura he projects.

Bobby lives in San Antonio, TX
He performs regularly at the Laugh Out Loud and River Center Comedy Clubs in San Antonio, and has also performed at Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale, CA. The Comedy Zone in Fayetteville, NC. and in Las Vegas at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club.

Get inspired by Bobby & follow him on Facebook here

Watch his story below

ARMY WARRIOR MICHAEL WELLS

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Michael joined the Army right out of high school. His MOS was 19K, M1A1 Abrams Tanker. He was stationed in Baumholder, Germany and Friedberg, Germany. Wells was injured by a mortar blast during his second deployment to Iraq, in Ramadi. He also suffers from PTSD.  He currently works with a local rescue to train service dogs for other Veterans as a form of therapy.
ARMY WARRIOR AMBER WELLS
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Amber is Michael’s wife.  She actually nominated her husband for the Cowboys game and we learned that she too had served in the Army.  Amber joined the Army in 2009 as a 68W, Medic. She was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio and then PCS’d to Ft. Gordon, Georgia, where she met her husband, Mike.
It truly was an honor to host these warriors at the Cowboys game to thank them for their service & sacrifices.  We will see you in New Orleans Thursday!

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Game 9 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Chicago!  Again.

While my dad was in Denver getting ready to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Broncos game, I was back home in Chicago hosting Warriors at Soldier field for the Bears game.  Today I had the honor of meeting up with Army SGT Ron Hinkle & Marine Francisco Zapata. (See their bios below).

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Ron drove overnight from Kentucky to be at the game.  He was nominated by his wife, who told us that Ron is a huge Raiders fan!  Since the Bears happened to be playing the Raiders we invited him to join us at the game to make his warrior wish come true.

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 We met up with Ron & Francisco in the 31st street tailgate lot by McCormick place.  Thanks to our friends at Da Bus, Da Coach & Kingsford Kirk, we had the opportunity to tailgate with some of the wildest & crazy Raiders & Bears fans in the city!

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One of my favorite moments from the tailgate was getting to hang out with former Chicago Bear Running Back Garrett Wolfe.  Garrett was a really cool guy and took time to get to know Francisco & learn a little bit about what it takes to be a marine.    About an hour before kickoff we started to make our way over to the stadium.  I walked the Warriors to the front of the stadium before handing them their tickets, taking a few quick pictures & thanking them again for their service & sacrifices.    As I made my way back to my car, the guys headed inside to watch the Raiders take on the winless Chicago Bears.

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The Warriors got to watch the game from our 4th row season tickets in the upper deck.  With Cutler back under center the Bears were finally able to score some points.  It appeared that a blocked extra point early in the game was going to be the difference maker & give the Raiders the win.  But cutler & the Bears drove down the field with under 2 minutes to play & set up a game winning field goal attempt with 2 seconds left in the game!

The kick was up & GOOD!  Robbie Gould redeemed himself & the Bears won their first game of the season!

As the Bears game ended, my dad was about to kicking things off in Denver.  Stay tuned for the Warriors inspirational stories.

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We would like to thank the Courtyard Marriott of St.Charles for providing accommodations, New Era Caps for providing The Bears & Raiders Caps & The tailgate crew at Da Bus, Kingsford Kirk, Garrett Wolfe & Da Coach for hosting us & helping us make these Warrior Wishes come true!

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MEET THE WARRIORS

Marine Francisco Zapata 

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Francisco Zapata joined the Marine Corps in 2004 as an Infantryman and served three deployments in Iraq.  He married my high school sweetheart and is a proud dad of three daughters.

Zapata currently works as an operator with a box company.  He enjoys playing golf & watching Chicago sports.  The Bears are at the top of his list.

Army SGT Ron Hinkle

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Ron served with the Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. During his deployment, with the 1-8th Infantry, Ron was a Tanker and gunner on the Humvee.  & is now medically retired due to injuries sustained in combat.  

On 15 Apr 2006, SPC Hinkle as a gunner was hit by an IED that was detonated next to his Humvee resulting in hearing loss, perforation to the left ear drum, shrapnel wounds, multiple emboli present in both lungs, internal damage to right shoulder, infections- MRSA & pneumonia, respiratory, renal and cardiac failures. He was Honorably Medically Retired. 

Ron spent 49 days in a coma and the next 18 months in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy to regain full capability of daily life. Ron was exposed to multiple IEDs, resulting in a moderate traumatic brain injury (MTBI) with loss of consciousness, as well as sustaining shrapnel wounds, which resulted in the lose use of his left lung, has shrapnel that still remains within is upper extremities and at the stem of his brainPermanent nerve damage in his right shoulder, hand and both lower legsRon is now 100% disabled

Ron currently lives on a small farm in Kentucky with his wife, two daughters, his mother-in-law and future son-in-law. He spends his days overseeing the daily operations of the family farm and fishing the families’ pond.  Ron was an avid outdoorsman prior to injuries. In the years that followed Ron’s deployment, Ron and his family have had to learn to cope with the impact of MTBI, and PTSD, two invisible injuries of war, a seizure disorder and memory loss along with the physical injuries sustained from Combat. 

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SGT Hinkle’s decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, , Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart- which he received from the Vice President of the United  States in November 2006, Four Army Commendation Medals 1 with Valor, Three Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, One Overseas Service Ribbons, and NATO Medal (Kosovo).

Ron has been an avid Raiders fan his entire life & has never had the opportunity to see them play in person.  His wife nominated him & it was an honor to make his Warrior Wish come true at our 9th game of the season on our mission to honor military warriors at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season!

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