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The St. Louis Cardinals Make Warrior Wishes Come True Again!

My dad has been on the road this week making Warrior Wishes come true at a Cardinals game, a Rangers game & 2 Astros games!  

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Today he has a “day off” kinda…  unfortunately there were no reasonable options to get from Houston to St. Louis in time for today’s game.  So while he spends all day riding a bus to St Louis, our friend, Army SGT Andy Cochran “Stepped up to the plate” in my dad’s absence to host the group of warriors at today’s Cards game. 

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SGT Cochran was a guest of ours at the St. Louis Rams game in 2013.  Since then, he has helped us make wishes come true multiple times in the Gateway city.  

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Andy was honored to be hosting Army Lt Col Amanda Terry, who was nominated by her Marine husband Ed Husted, Army Master SGT Kenneth Burns and Army Lt Col Patrick Moore.  We would like to congratulate Patrick on getting promoted to Lt Col just last month!

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Everyone met up with Andy at the Ballpark Village, where Brett continues to help us make wishes come true before Cardinals games. He had dinner for 8 all set up, complete with a Tour of Ballpark Village from “Beerman” Tony Caradonna, who had given us such a great tour last week.  We cannot thank Brett, Tony & everyone at Ballpark village enough for their hospitality over the years!

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The group enjoyed the delicious meal & Tour before they headed into Busch stadium to watch the Milwaukee Brewers take on the St Louis Cardinals.  

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Unfortunately,the game did not go the Cardinals way, however it was an entertaining game as the Brewers and Cardinals played extra innings knotted up 4-4.  A wild 10th inning put the Brewers up 3 runs.  The Cardinals did their best to fight back, but fell short losing the game 7-5.  

Despite the loss, SGT Cochran said that everyone enjoyed their experience & had a great time!

We would like to start out by thanking Andy for hosting everyone in my dad’s absence.  We also want to thank Mark and the St Louis Cardinals for providing tickets, , Brett and the Ball Park Village for once again providing pregame meals & tours, and New Era Cap for providing the Cardinals Caps!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, thank you to  Army Master SGT Kent Burns, Lt Col Patrick Moore, Army SGT Andy Cochran, Marine Ed Husted and Lt Col Amanda Terry for your service & sacrifices to our great country!  

My dad will be in St Louis later tonight to catch a bus west to Kansas City where he will be hosting warriors at the Royals game tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details!

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MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY SGT ANDY COCHRAN

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Entered the Army in 2000 from Tampa Florida as a military police officer.  Deployments include Task force falcon Kosovo, Operation enduring freedom 1, Operation iraqi freedom 1, Operation iraqi freedom 06-08, Operation new hope Haiti 2010

Awards include
Purple Heart
Bronze star
5 army commendation medals
4 army achievement medals
Humanitarian service medal
3 over seas service medals
NCO medal 2 award
Global war on terrorism medal
Global war on terrorism expeditionary medal
Iraqie campaign medal
Jump wings
Combat action badge
 
Retired due to combat injuries in March 2013

ARMY MASTER 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.  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

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Warrior Wishes Come True Thanks To The St. Louis Blues!

Just hours after making Warrior Wishes come true at the Chicago Blackhawks game my dad was on a bus heading south to St. Louis to host heroes at the Blues game.

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Throughout our mission over the years, we have done our best to stay in touch with the warriors we have hosted in the past & love meeting and hosting new ones along the way .  Today’s was a perfect example of that. 

Thanks to the St Louis Blues, my dad was able to host an old friend and make 3 new ones at the Blues game. He hosted Army Sgt Mike Shuster, Jerry, an Air Force veteran & Army Warriors Chris & Brad.

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My dad met up with the Warriors at Hard Rock Cafe down the street from Scottrade Center and thanks to General Mgr Tara they were treated to a delicious pregame meal.  The Hard Rock is located at the crossroads of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, in the historic Union Station area. The famous Gateway Arch towers in the distance while Busch Stadium, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Scottrade Center are just minutes away.  It was the perfect place to get to know everyone before the game.

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All four warriors we hosted were huge Blues fans.  They werre all decked out in Blues jerseys and enjoyed picking out a brand new Blues cap thanks to our friends at New Era.  My dad loves setting them all out on the tableat once to watch the guys fight over them…. haha.

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The Blues needed a win to stay in the hunt to win their division.  The guys were treated to some of the best seats in the house, but were not happy watching their Blues fall behind 2 to 0 in the first period.   In the 2nd, they cut the Coyotes lead in half and headed into the final period trailing by 1.  The Warriors had plenty to cheer about in the 3rd period, as the Blues Rallied to score 4 goals and beat the Coyotes 5-2.   The Warriors high fived and celebrated the win.   Needless to say, they had a great time!

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We would like to thank the Hard Rock Cafe in St Louis for the Pregame meal, New Era for outfitting the warriors with stylish new Blues Caps, and the St Louis Blues for providing great seats and an amazing experience to the warriors.

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

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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!

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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.

(Click on any Photo to see full details from each game)

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.

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The St. Louis Blues Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

Last night the St Louis Blues went above & beyond and hosted Warriors in the Owner’s Suite!!!

St. Louis Blues Owners & Team president welcomed Army Warriors Andy Cochoran, John Hargreaves (Along with his 2 sons Patrick & Justin) & Katie Knight (with her service dog Minders) into the team suite & thanked them for their services & sacrifices to our country.

The Warriors were treated to the best seats in the house along with some of the best food & drinks in the stadium!  Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the St. Louis Blues for helping us salute these brave heroes & make their #WarriorWishes come true!

Check out the message we received from Katie & Minders after the game…

“I would like to say Thank you to Craig and Matt at Operation Warrior Wishes for supporting veterans and making dreams come true. Thank you for all the hard work that you guys do to make events happen. I Also wanted to tell the St. Louis Blues THANK YOU for the awesome Hospitality and greetings from the Staff and family members of the Blues Organization, making my dream as a blues fan come true and for other veterans as well.
Thank you so much from a smiling veteran and her service dog”

~Katie & Minders~

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