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#BattlefieldsToBallfields Week 5 Recap

My Dad has been on the road making Making Warrior Wishes come true for the past few weeks on our “Battlefields To Ballfields” Mission.  In Total he has hosted over 100 warriors at 44 games in 43 days!  This week Warrior Wishes came true in Colorado, Arizona, Anaheim & San Diego.

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5/9/15 – Game 40 (RAINED OUT) – Colorado Rockies

(THANKS TO ELWAY’S FOR HOSTING DINNER)

Honoring Cpl Long, Sgt Hagan, SPC O’Niell & the Gold Star family of Army CW2 Joshua Silverman

5/10/15 – Game 40 – Arizona D’Backs

Honoring Army Sgt Josh Goddard, Army E4 Cpl Joel Steinmann

5/11/15 – Game 41 – Arizona D’Backs

Army Sgt Joaquin Torres & the legacy of Army Sgt Jonathan Walls

5/12/15 – Game 42 – Anaheim Angels

Honoring Army Warrior Chris Koning & the legacy of Army SGT James De La Cruz.

5/13/15 – Game 43 – Anaheim Angels

Honoring the legacy of Army SGT Armando Hernandez

5/14/15 – Game 44 – San Diego Padres

Honoring Sgt Josue Barron, Sgt Nick Kimmel, Sgt Celeste Mitchell, Cpl Patrick Burke, Lcpl Enrique Dominguez, Sgt Matt Montebello & Sgt Hector Valera.  We also honored the legacies of Army SPC Javier Sanchez, Army Sgt. Eric Holke & Army Captain Jennifer Moreno

My Dad is in San Diego honoring a Gold Star Family at the Padres game again tonight as long as it stops raining.  He will be finishing up our Battlefields to Ballfields Mission this week after stops in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago & Minnesota.

Learn more about our MissionNominate Your Hero for an upcoming game,

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#BattlefieldsToBallfields Week 4 Recap

My Dad has been on the road making Making Warrior Wishes come true for the past few weeks on our “Battlefields To Ballfields” Mission.  In Total he has hosted over 100 warriors at 38 games in 36 days!  This week Warrior Wishes came true in Atlanta, Arlington, Houston, St. Louis & Kansas City.

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5/3/2015 – Game 35 – Houston Astros

Honoring 1SGT Ian Hill, SGT Edwin Henderson

& The Legacy of Lt Col. David Cabrera

My Dad is heading out west to Make Warrior Wishes Come true and wrap up our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.  THis week he will be honoring heroes in Denver, Arizona, Los Angles and San Diego.

Learn more about our MissionNominate Your Hero for an upcoming game, Follow Our BlogGet involvedMake a Donation & Buy Warrior Wishes gear at http://warriorwishes.org/

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The Phillies Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After an incredible weekend in Pittsburgh making Warrior Wishes come true at 2 Pirates games & a Penguins game, my dad was back on the bus and heading to the city of “Brotherly Love.”

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Philadelphia Phillies for helping us make Warrior Wishes come true for Army SGT Jason Martinez & his family at the game last night

Tonight, thanks to the Phillies, Warrior Wishes are coming true for Army SPC Justin Gindhart & the Gold Star parents of Navy Seal Michael Strange in honor of his legacy.

Learn more about the warriors below.

This was Operation Warrior Wishes 23rd game in the past 21 days hosting heroes on ourBattlefields to Ballfields mission!  We would like to thank the Philadelphia Phillies for providing tickets, New Era Caps for providing new Phillies Caps for the warriors & their families &Mcfadden’s for Providing a pregame meal!

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

My Dad is back on the bus at 3am and will be back in DC to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Nationals game again tomorrow night!

Learn more about our MissionNominate Your Hero for an upcoming gameGet involvedMake a Donation & Buy Warrior Wishes gear at http://warriorwishes.org/

ARMY SPC JUSTIN GINDHART

Justin grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. From a young age he knew he wanted to be in the military, and enlisted in the Army during his senior year of High School.  Justin decided to become a combat medic because his father had been a paramedic for fifteen years and he wanted to follow in his footsteps in the medical field.

On October 5th 2006 Justin left for basic training at Fort Benning, and later went to Sam Houston for medic school.  Upon completion I was assigned to an infantry platoon in the 2/502nd 101st Airborne Division.

Justin deployed  to  Iraq for 14 months in 2007. When he returned home the Army moved him to West Point to work in the base ‘s ER. While there he started having problems and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Trying unsuccessfully to cope led SPC Gindhart to the brink of suicide.  Yhankfully he was able to stop himself from following  through with his plan and asked for help.

After a month in a hospital Justin was medically retired from the Army on April 11th, 2011.  Since his discharge he’s been working as an EMT and is currently studying nursing at Gwynedd Mercy University. Justin also volunteers with Operation Ward 57‘s Honor & Courage program as a Wounded Warrior Mentor helping fellow vets in their struggle with PTSD.

SPC Gibhart has a message to all vets struggling with PTSD, there is help out there that can make life worth living again. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

NAVY SEAL MICHAEL STRANGE

Michael J. Strange, of Philadelphia joined the Navy in September 2004.  Strange worked hard to become a Navy Seal.  He joined his East Coast-based SEAL team in May 2009.

His first assignment was Naval Information Operations Command (NIOC) in Hawaii.  At NIOC, Petty Officer Strange worked in several high profile signals intelligence gathering offices and became a first line supervisor in charge of multiple analysts.  He completed a nine month deployment to Iraq with Seal Team TWO.  During this deployment he earned the Expeditionary Warfare qualification.  After an arduous screening process, Petty Officer Strange volunteered and was selected for duty at Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

On 6 August 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Afghanistan. The crash killed all 38 people on board.  Michael Strange was one of 22 Navy Seals  on board.   It is considered the worst loss of U.S. Military life in a single incident in the Afghanistan campaign.

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) First Class Michael Strange served his country, and served it well. He will always be remembered. His determination, toughness and dedication will live on through his family and the Michael Strange Foundation. www.michaelstrangefoundation.org/

It was a true honor to host SPC Gindhart & honor the legacy of Navy Seal Michael Strange at the Phillies game!

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#BattlefieldsToBallfields Week 1 Recap

Warrior wishes has had a successful first week of our Battlefields to Ballfields mission.

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 Since beginning the mission on April 2nd in Chicago we have traveled over 1000 miles to host warriors & Gold Star families at 11 games!  Here is a quick recap of our first week in action.

4/2 – Game 1 Chicago Blackhawks 

Honoring USMC Warrior Manny Gonzalez, Army Warrior Andrew Nemeth & the legacy of Air Force SSG Jacob Frazier

4/5 – Game 4 Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day

Honoring Navy Warriors Bobby Chism & Theresa Saxon

4/8 – Game 6 Detroit Tigers 

Honoring Warriors Tyrone Parker, Frank Washburn, Alexander Clabon,

Michael Theil & Army Sgt Eric Lund

4/8 – Game 8 Milwaukee Brewers

 Honoring Marine Cpl Jeremy Stengel and

the legacy of Army PFC Jacob Gassen & Army Lt David Johnson

4/9 – Game 9 Cincinnati Reds

Honoring Army Warrior Matt Pyles & Air Force Warrior Scott Stevens

4/11 – Game 11 Cleveland Cavaliers

Honoring Marine CPL Randy Elkins, Army Warriors, Matt Killian & Derron Lewis, and The Legacies of USMC Cpl Dustin Derga & Army PFC Nicholas Casey

As you can see, its been a very eventful week of #WarriorWishes coming true!  We would like to thank all of the Teams, restaurants & donors who have helped us make all this possible.

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

My Dad is on his way to New York to kick off  week 2 of our Battlefields To Ballfields Mission.  This week we are making Warrior Wishes come true at Yankees, Mets, Nets, Red Sox, Celtics & Nationals games.  View our full schedule here.

We would love to host your hero at an upcoming event!  Nominate them here!

Learn more about our mission, Nominate Your Herosee our upcoming schedulesee how you can get involvedmake donations, and buy warrior wishes gear to help make Warrior Wishes come true at http://warriorwishes.org/