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Warrior Wishes Come True At The Atlanta Braves Game!

So far today, warrior wishes have come true in Chicago at the Cubs game & in Boston at the Red Sox game!

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For game 3 of our Quadruple Header, my dad is back in Atlanta making Wishes come true at the Braves new stadium, SunTrust Park.

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It has been a crazy week for my dad this week as he has hosted warriors at the Rays, Lightning, Heat, Marlins & Braves games.  

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Last night for the first time all week, he actually let me get him a hotel & he slept in an actual bed!  For those of you who haven’t been following our mission that long, you can usually find him sleeping at the airports or on a park bench…  

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Anyways, he was refreshed and ready to go for a second straight night of baseball at the new SunTrust Park.  Before meeting up with today’s guests, my dad caught up on some work hanging out poolside under the Georgia sunshine.  At around 2pm, my dad headed out to the stadium to meet up with Army Sgt Donald White and his wife Chrissy.  

SGT White joined the Army in 1996 fresh out of high school.  He proudly served our country for 20 years!  See his Bio below.  

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While waiting for Sgt White & his wife to arrive, my dad took in all the festivities going on around the stadium.  He scored an awesome Braves commemorative “First Game Ever at SunTrust Park” shirt.  And also got to meet former Brave, Brian Jordan.

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SGT White and his wife arrived for dinner around 4:45 at the new Sport & Social Club located just steps away from the stadium entrance. 

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Sports & Social is a one-of-a-kind sports bar, gaming parlor and social lounge soon to hit in Atlanta. The two-level space features a 30-foot diagonal high-definition LED screen as a backdrop for social games and activities throughout the venue. Equipped with skeeball, table tennis, shuffle puck, air hockey and a golf simulator, Sports & Social also serves an eclectic menu with plates for sharing, beer cocktails and a well-appointed cocktail menu. Combining the traditional elements of a sports tavern with classic interactive games, Sports & Social is the perfect destination for groups, professionals and all those whose competitive spirit thrives.

Rob, the GM, provided a VIP experience to Sgt White & his wife.  He personally  greeted them at the door & thanked Donald for his service. He then escorted them to their table and promptly got them a drink.

My dad enjoyed getting to know our guests over a delicious meal courtesy of the Sport & Social Club. He also gave them brand new Braves caps courtesy of our friends at New Era.   

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As game time approached, everyone thanked Rob for the meal & headed inside to watch the Padres take on the Braves.

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During the game, our friend, and previous Warrior Wish recipient Ron Rodriguez stopped by the seats to present Sgt White with gift bags. Ron now works with the Braves and has helped us make wishes come true over the past few years.  

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Thanks to a couple of Braves home runs, the Braves went on to beat the Phillies by the score of 4-2.  

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Rob from Sport & Social for providing the pregame meal, The Marriott Marquis Atlanta for the “Suite” room for SGT White, Ron from the Braves for providing the awesome gift bags & New Era for providing the Braves caps for our guests.  

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank Sgt Donald White for his dedicated military service to our country!  

Stay tuned to see what happens what the puck drops between the Predators & Blackhawks for the 4th game of today’s Quadruple header! 

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As for my dad, he’s now off to catch a bus to Nashville to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Grand Ole Opry with Adam Sandler!!!!

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MEET SGT DONALD WHITE

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History

  • High school graduation – May 1996
  • Enlistment into the United States Army – August 1996
  • Attended and Graduated US Army basic training at Ft Leonard Wood Missouri  – October 1996
  • Attended the advanced individual training in Fort Huachuca Arizona for US Army Military Intelligence Analyst – October 1996
  • Attended 2nd Advanced Individual Training in Ft Sill Oklahoma for US Army Field Artillery Cannon Crew Member – March 1997
  • August 1997 – Assigned to Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Polk Louisiana – Accomplishments include, Promotion from PVT – SGT, 4 time NTC Deployment with Hero of the Battlefield twice earning the Honorable Order of the Wolf Award, Earning the Air Assault Badge
  • September 2000 – Assigned to Echo Battery, 1st Battalion 22nd Field Artillery Regiment, Ft Sill Oklahoma – Assigned as a field artillery instructor – Accomplishments – graduated instructor certification course, Master Gunner Course, Paladin Commanders Course, instructed over 1000 soldiers to become Cannon Crew Members, Married Chrissy Lyn White
  • February 2003 – assigned to Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion 29th field artillery regiment, Fort Carson Colorado – Duty positions held, Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, Section Chief, Battalion Master Gunner – Accomplishments, two tours to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Saved the life of a child staged as a road side bomb resulting in being awarded the Bronze Star. Led over 300 combat patrols, fired over 2000 Artillery rounds. Hunted, detained, arrested and convicted over 50 High Value Targets in the Iraq court system, accepted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara ( patron saint of the field artillery) 
  • May 2007 – Assigned to Quincy Illinois Recruiting Station, 5th Recruiting Brigade Indianapolis IN – Duty positions – Detailed Recruiter, Assistant Station Commander, Accomplishments – Enlisted over 200 future soldiers into the United States Army, Earned the Gold Recruiter badge with 3 Safire’s, selected as recruiter of the year twice in a row in 2007 and 2008. Completed BS in Forestry from the University of Oklahoma
  • September 2009 – Assigned to Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Ft Carson CO. – Duty positions – Section Chief, Chief of Firing Battery, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant. Accomplishments –  selected as the Battalion Modern Army Combatives Instructor, 2 time winner of the Field Artillery Top Gun competition, selected as Battalion Close Quarters Combat instructor. 
  • August 2012 – Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Position – 2nd Brigade Taskings NCOIC. Accomplishments – made lead tasking NCO issuing operation orders to over 4000 soldiers daily, Daughter and son both graduating High School, Daughter Graduating college, son beginning college at Georgia Southern University, birth of First Grandchild,   
  • August 12 2016 – RETIREMENT! 
  • September 2016 – Begin the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department Academy
  • February 2017 – Began working as a Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Officer in Savannah Georgia.

Awards

National Defense Service Medal, Non-commissioned officer development ribbon x 2, NATO Service medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army commendation medal x 7, Army Achievement Medal x 9, Good Conduct Medal x 8, Bronze Star, Meritorious service Medal, Army service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal

Badges

Drivers Badge – Mechanized, Drivers Badge – Wheeled, Recruiters Badge with 3 Safire’s, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge

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Warrior Wishes Come True At The First Game Ever At SunTrust Park!

After honoring the legacies of Army SFC Larry Vaquero, Army PFC Marius Ferrero & Air force MSGT Martin Gonzales at the Braves -Marlins game in Miami, I told him he should just hitch a ride on the Braves team bus back to Atlanta for our next mission.

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My dad said he would be on the bus, however, not that bus.  He was on the $1 Megabus…  my dad had the “day off ” which gave him an extra day to get from Miami to Atlanta, which turned out to be a good thing since megabus doesn’t have a direct route between those 2 city’s.  So we had to get creative.  He took a bus from Miami to Orlando first & then a 2nd bus from Orlando to Atlanta.  It cost us an extra $1, but worked out perfectly!  Especially since he had a layover in Orlando which gave him time to have lunch with SGT Timothy Bosch, a warrior he has hosted in the past.  

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My dad was humbled & honored that Tim drove over 2 hours there & back just to meet him for lunch!  He definitely enjoyed & appreciated the company during his 8 hour layover in Orlando.   

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After a long lunch, Tim dropped my dad back off at the bus station to catch his 2nd  8 hour bus ride on this 16 hour trip.  While on the bus he conferenced into our board meeting to discuss plans for our 4th Annual Warrior Wishes Scramble in July.  

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My dad finally arrived in Atlanta early Friday morning and stopped by Hampton Inn for breakfast. He spent the next hour or so trying to figure out the best way to get to Cobb County, the suburban area where the new SunTrust Park was built.  

Since this was the first game ever at the new stadium, no one was totally sure and my dad got a bunch of different answers.  Eventually he figured out how to get there taking the MARTA train and Cobb County bus. Luckily a couple employees were on that Cobb City bus and showed him where to go.

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Tonight we had the honor of hosting Marine Cpl Sean Adams & his cousin.  Sean was one of our guests at Super Bowl LI.  He is a big Atlanta sports fan & excited to be a part of the opening day festivities! 

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Over the years,the Braves have helped us make warrior wishes come true at multiple games.  Today they gave us a great deal on the “last 2 ADA seats available.”   

My dad set up dinner dinner for CPL Adams at the Terrapin Taproom, just outside the stadium.  It’s one of the new hotspots at “Battery Park” – Sports and Social. This “village” concept was built by the same company who has done Xfinity Live in Philly and Ballpark Village in St Louis.  The concept is awesome and really enhances the fan experience!  

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My dad ran into Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred while Waiting for Cpl Adams to arrive.

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Unfortunately, Sean was running late due to bad traffic from the detour around the bridge that was severely damaged earlier in the week. So they missed dinner and barely made it in time to see the first pitch.  Luckily my dad was waiting at Parking garage with a Parking Pass or they probably would have missed the first few innings.  

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Sean enjoyed watching the Braves win their first ever game in SunTrust Park!  

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Immediately following he game, my dad met back up with CPL Adams and had a post game meal at the Terrapin Taproom since he wasn’t able to make it in time before the game.  My dad enjoyed catching up with Sean over a delicious meal.  Cpl Adams invited us to his house dedication in May – The Gary Sinise Foundation built him a Smart Home & we’re hoping to attend!  

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My dad said that they were the last ones to leave the restaurant. They snapped a few more photos outside the stadium with the lights on since they didn’t have much time before the game. 

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Sean gave my dad a ride to his hotel, yes, I said hotel…  it was the only hotel he got on this 10 day trip and I had to twist his arm to take it.  We named our price and got it for $60.  He thanked Sean for the ride and his service one more time before heading up to his room to get a good night sleep.  

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Anthony at the Terrapin Taproom for providing dinner & New Era Cap for providing Braves caps!  We also want to thank Jarrod and Ryan at the Braves for helping us secure great seats on opening day for a reasonable price.   

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

most importantly we want to thank Cpl Sean Adams for your service & sacrifices.  We look forward to seeing you again soon & wish you the best of luck in your new home! 

After a good night sleep, my dad will be back in action tomorrow to make more wishes come true at the new SunTrust park!  Stay tuned for more details!

MEET CPL SEAN ADAMS

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USMC corporal Sean Adams grew up in Gainesville, Georgia. The attacks of September 11, 2001 left a profound effect on him and he enlisted in the Marines after graduating from high school. On the morning of February 10, 2012, Sean was in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on a reconnaissance patrol. In an area known to be laden with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Sean spotted the indicators marking one nearby. He was unaware, however, of the IED two feet in front of him. The blast took both of Sean’s legs above the knee, injured his right and left hands as well as his right arm. He also lost partial vision in his left eye. Sean considers the Navy Hospital Corpsmen and Marines who helped him in the field that day true heroes.

Sean began his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The things that kept him pushing forward were his family, friends, his brothers overseas, and a 1960 Chevelle SS. Sean loves American muscle cars.

Currently, Sean lives with his parents. Their home is not conducive to Sean’s injuries, leaving him with a lack of independence and minimal privacy. A new specially adapted smart home will allow Sean to move forward with his life and focus on his ultimate goals: To have a muscle car garage, to help other wounded veterans with similar passions, and to one day raise a family.

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