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Game 46 – Todd Gurley Makes Warrior Wishes Come True in LA!

We kicked off week 12 of our 2019 All32in17 mission making wishes come true in Houston at the Texans game…

Then yesterday our friend Tyler Eifert, his father and the Bengal Bomb Squad helped us make Warrior wishes come true at the Bengals game.

And today we had another NFL superstar help make wishes come true in LA!

Throughout the years we have made some unforgettable memories at Rams games dating back to when they played in St. Louis.

Today we were honored to be hosting Army veterans Geoffrey Quevedo and Mike Rivera at the Rams game. We were also honoring the legacy of Army Sgt Myles David Penix and hosted his wife and son at the game in his honor.

This past summer we had the pleasure of meeting Rams running back, Todd Gurley and his manager, Co, at the ESPYs. They run an organization called M.A.D.E. Which stands for Make A Difference Everyday. And today they were making a difference for our guests!

We want to thank Co and Erica (From the Rams) for helping us make these Warrior wishes come true.  Before the game, Geoffrey and Sgt Penix’s wife and son enjoyed watching pregame warmups from the sidelines and Todd Gurley stopped by to show his appreciation!

As game time approached everyone made their way up to their seats to watch the Ravens and Rams kick things off on Monday night football!

Mike was rooting for the Ravens, and he had a whole lot to cheer about as they scored a touchdown on every offensive drive in the first half! They went into halftime leading 28-6.

Unfortunately for our Rams fans, Todd Gurley and the Rams offense never got going and Lamar Jackson seemed unstoppable. He threw 5 touchdown passes on the night and led the Ravens to a 45-6 win over the Rams.

Todd Gurley May not have had the best game on the field, but he did some amazing things off the field and that makes a difference! We cannot thank him enough for helping us make Warrior Wishes come true at tonight’s game!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Geoffrey, Mike and The family of Myles David Penix. We are forever grateful for your service and sacrifices and they will never be forgotten!

We will be back in action on Thanksgiving Fay in Detroit making wishes come true with the Tubgaters at the Lions game! Stay tuned…

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Game 42 – Warrior Wishes Come True at the Bears Game in LA!

On a crazy busy Sunday, we covered the entire country making wishes come true at 4 games in 1 day!  In the south, my dad was making wishes come true in Miami at the Dolphins game…

In the East, we were making wishes come true at the Washington Redskins game…

In the Midwest, I was making wishes come true at the Blackhawks game…

And on the west coast, we were hosting Navy AS2 Sean Mehaljevic at the Bears vs. Rams game in LA!

Although our regular scheduled Rams game isn’t until next week, we couldn’t help but make Sean’s wish come true at this game. You see, Sean has been serving in the Navy for the past 7 years and is currently stationed in San Diego.

He is a die hard Bears fan who was born and raised in Chicago.  His wish was to see the Bears play in LA! So we made it happen!  Sean and his wife were treated to front row seats right behind the goal post.

Unfortunately the Bears came up short and lost to the Rams, but Sean still had an awesome experience!

We would like to thank him for his service and sacrifices.

Thanks to the Monday night game being in Mexico, my dad will get a few days off before heading out to Houston for the Thursday night Texans game. 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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 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Game 14 – Warrior Wishes Come True At Our 1st Ever LA Rams Game!

 

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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.

SGT KENT BURNS

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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!