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The Texas Rangers & Texas Lottery Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

Once again, the Texas Rangers & the Texas Lottery teamed up with us to make Warrior wishes come true! For 3 straight days they helped us honor veterans in front of the home crowd at Globe Life Park! We cannot thank them enough for their support! Together We Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

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Globe Life Makes Warrior Wishes Come True Again & Again!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to send a huge thank you to our friends at Globe Life! For the 6th straight year, they donated their suite at the Rangers stadium and gave us the opportunity to host a big group of warriors 2 nights in a row!

Plus they gave each of the veterans customized rangers jerseys to thank them for their service and sacrifices! As usual, it was an unforgettable experience!

Together We Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

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Globe Life Makes Wishes Come True At The Rangers Game!

After an awesome experience making wishes come true at the St Louis Cardinals game….

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My dad was back on the bus heading south to Texas to make wishes come true at the Rangers & Astros games!

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My dad said the 16 hour bus ride was “long and boring.”  However, the $1 bus ride was well worth it.  My dad and more importantly the big group of warriors we were about to host we’re excited for the Rangers game!  

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Our trip to the Texas Rangers games every year are some of our favorite experiences. Why? Because our friends Cory, Alfredo & Globe Life ALWAYS go above and beyond the call of duty to make Warrior Wishes come true.  They help us create lasting memories & provide once in a lifetime experiences at every game they host us at!

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Since 2013, Globe Life and the Rangers have provided a suite for the warriors & their family members.  They also make custom Rangers Jerseys for each of the Warriors in attendance!  We cannot thank them enough for their generosity & hospitality over the years!

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My dad arrived in Dallas early.  Our friend and previous guest Jared DeRuby picked my dad up and made a couple of stops on their way to Arlington. They first stopped to meet Jared’s uncle,Steve, who has a ticket business and then stopped to visit David Vobora’s Adaptive Training Foundation. They do some incredible work for warriors. David & his foundation have nominated many warriors over the years. It was nice to finally meet him.  

Before the Rangers game started, my dad invited the warriors to take a tour of AT&T stadium before the game.  The Cowboys stadium tour has become a tradition before our Rangers game.  

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It’s one of the coolest stadium tours in the NFL mainly because it’s one of the coolest venues in all of sports!  

Unfortunately, not all of our guests could  make the tour because it was during the day, and work and/or travel schedules got in the way. 

Navy Corpsman Thomas Henderson, Army Sgt Raina Scott, their families & the Gold Star family of Fallen Navy warrior Brian Tingle had a great time touring the press box, Locker Rooms & they even got to take pictures on the Cowboys star located on the 50 yard line!

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After the Tour, the group made their way to Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, to meet the rest of our guests for the evening. We always meet out front by the “TEXAS” sign so we could get photos of all of our guests making the “X.”  

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In addition to the warriors we hosted at the Cowboys Stadium tour, we were also honored to be hosting Navy Corpsman Travis Livingston, Navy Corpsman Chance Field, Army Sgt Chris Ranucci, Army Sgt Jody Moore, Army Spc Lawrence Green, Marine Cpl Jared DeRuby, Marine Cpl Patrick Myers & Air Force warrior Christopher Wolff at todays Rangers game.  

Once inside the stadium, Cory, from Globe Life, greeting each of our guests & sincerely thanked each warrior & their family members as they entered the suite.  Everyone spent their first hour hanging out in the suite getting to know each other over some delicious food and drinks.  

As they always do, Globe Life surprised the warriors once again with personalized Texas Rangers Jerseys.  My dad loves seeing the warriors excited reactions when Corey reaches into “locker” and pulls out each customized jersey.

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Thanks to our friends at New Era, the warriors also got to pick out new Rangers caps to go along with their New Jersey’s.  

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As game time approached, the warriors found their seats & watched the Rangers take on Mike Trout & the Angels.  With the game knotted up 3-3 in the top of the 8th, Trout blasted a 3 run homer to give the Angels the lead for good.  Despite the 6-3 loss, the warriors & their families stayed after the game to watch the post game fireworks show.

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It was a memorable night for everyone involved, especially the warriors.  We couldn’t have made it all possible without the help of Corey, Alfredo, Globe Life & the Texas Rangers.  We cannot thank them enough for their continued support. From the Suite to the jerseys, they truly “knocked it out of the park” again!  

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We also want to thank the Dallas Cowboys/AT&T stadium for providing the Stadium Tour and New Era for outfitting the warriors with new Texas Rangers caps!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

And Most importantly, we want to thank all the warriors for their service & sacrifices.  We truly hope you & your families all had an unforgettable experience!  

My dad will be hopping on an early morning bus to Houston to host heroes at the Houston Astros games the next 2 days.  Stay tuned for more details!

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Warrior Wishes Come True At The Rangers Game In A “Suite” Way!

 

COAST GUARD WARRIOR CHAD GRENSKY

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U.S. Coast Guard – Aviation Rescue Swimmer
Active Duty 1992 – 1996
Combat tour in Haiti with the United Nations 1994 – 1995

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Globe Life Makes Warrior Wishes Come True in Texas!

After making warrior wishes come true in Houston thanks to the Astros, my dad was treated to a 4 star hotel for $65 thanks to “naming our own price.”  

But in the morning it was back to reality and my dad was back on the bus headed to Dallas.

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Upon his arrival in the “Big D” he hopped on another bus for $2.50 to Arlington to meet up with the Warriors outside the stadium by the “Globe Life” TEXAS sign.

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Over the past few years Globe Life Insurance has gone above and beyond to help us make Warrior Wishes come true at the Texas Rangers games.  From suites to customized jerseys for each of the Warriors, they have provided unforgettable memories to all the Warriors who have attended.  Today would be no different.

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For the 3rd straight year Globe Life hit one out of the park & went above & beyond to make Warrior Wishes come true for Marine Sgt Marcus Burleson, Marine LCpl Hardy Mills, Marine Sgt Omar Milan, Army Sgt Justin Shaffer, Army Sgt Stephen Jackel, Army Sgt Adam Mayo, Army Spc Lawrence Green, Army Spc Emmett Pryor & 10 year old Quadruple amputee, Memphis Lafferty.  

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Globe Life provided a suite for the Warriors & their families, as well as authentic Texas Rangers jerseys customized with the Warriors names stitched on the back! New Era outfitted them with new Rangers Caps to go with their new jerseys.  It was an awesome day with an incredible group of Warriors!

Everyone enjoyed the delicious food & incredible views from the suite.  Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th, the Rangers tied the game on a double only to give up the lead again in the top of the 9th.  But much like the Warriors we were honored to be hosting, the Rangers didn’t give up.  A lead off walk, a sacrifice & single sent the game into extra innings.  

The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 12th.  Todd Frazier stepped to the plate and hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach.  Frazier went 4-6 on the night driving in 6 RBI’s!  He was the reason the Rangers eventually lost the game 8-4.

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Win or lose, this was an unforgettable inspirational night.  Everyone had an amazing time thanks to our friends at Globe Life.  It’s people, organizations & businesses like theirs that help make our mission successful!  We cannot thank them enough for their support! 

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

So after a week on the road, making stops in KC, St. Louis, Houston & Arlinton, My dad will be back at Globe life stadium tomorrow for one final game hosting a Gold Star family at the Rangers game before he catches his flight home tomorrow night.

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Globe Life Makes Warrior Wishes Come True at The Rangers Game!

My Dad spent the entire month of April on the road making Warrior Wishes come true!  On ourBattlefields to Ballfields mission we have honored about 100 warriors at 32 games from Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Tampa, Miami & Atlanta.  My dad continued the mission into May by taking a 15 hour bus ride from Atlanta to Texas and made Warrior Wishes come true at the Rangers game!

We were given a Texas sized welcome at the Rangers Game thanks to Globe Life Insurance.  Last year they helped us honor heroes in their suite and provided customized jerseys for each warrior and put a message on the scoreboard to welcome the warriors to the game.  This year was no different.  In fact, Globe life and the Texas Rangers helped us honor heroes at back to back games!

My Dad Arrived in the Arlington area on Friday afternoon just a few hours before the game to honor the legacy of SSG Robert E Thomas Jr & hosted his wife and daugher at the game in his honor.  (Learn more about SSG Thomas below)

After the game, we were able to score a hotel for my dad for $38 and for the 5th time since beginning our Battlefields to Ballfields mission he was able to sleep in a bed and get a good night sleep.

My dad slept in and enjoyed the free continential breakfast before making his way back by the stadium to make Warrior Wishes come true.  Today we honored Cpl. Shawn McIlroy, SGT Harrington Duffy, SGT Greg Dotson, SGT Sam Moore, Air Force Warrior David Webb, Navy Warrior Adam Munich & the legacy of 1SGT Russell Bell.

Thanks to Globe Life Insurance Company  & the Texas Rangers for providing this awesome experience, from suite tickets to custom Rangers jerseys for each warrior, you guys truly hit it out of the park!

 We would also like to thank the Arlington Fire Department for providing transportation for the warriors to the stadium on fire trucks & New Era for providing Rangers Caps.

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

The Rangers ended up winning the game in walk off fashion by the score of 8-7.

My Dad plans to stay up all night before catching a greyhound bus to Houston at 4am.  He will be making #WarriorWishes come true at the Astros afternoon game tomorrow!

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SSG ROBERT E THOMAS JR.

04 November 1988 – 13 September 2013

Staff Sergeant Robert Thomas was born on November 4, 1988 in San Bernardino, California. He graduated Etiwanda High School in June 2006. SSG Thomas enlisted in the Army on July 13, 2006. After the long 14 week training he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he was assigned to 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment as an Assistant Gunner. In October 2007 he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In August 2009 he married his wife Kristina. Then in October 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Squad Leader. Their daughter Hailey was born January 2012. In April 2012 SSG Thomas reported to Ft Bliss, Texas.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment where he was immediately assigned as a Mortar Section Leader. He deployed in December 2012 to Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was injured in an explosion  in Afghanistan on April 21, 2013 and was in the ICU Burn Unit for almost 5 months before passing away on September 13, 2013

Award include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Staff Sergeant Robert Thomas is survived by his wife, Kristina; daughter, Hailey; His parents Robert and Jennifer; his sisters, Jessica, Kimberly, Rebekah, Karissa, Kallista, Kristian, and Keri; and his brother Joseph

MARINE CPL SHAWN MCILROY

Cpl. Shawn A. McIlroy was born in North Richland Hills, TX on June 29th 1986. He graduated L.D. Bell High School in Bedford in 2004 before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in December of 2006. While assigned to 1st Batallion 1stMarine Division, Bravo Company in Camp Pendleton, CA, he went on his first deployment in January of 2009 to conduct anti-piracy operations around the horn of Africa. During this time he participated in joint-training missions with the nations of Oman and Qatar teaching them infantry, counter terrorism tactics in an urban environment. At the end of this deployment, Shawn arrived home 10 days before our first child was born.

In October of 2009, Shawn was assigned to 3rd LAAD Batallionto teach them infantry tactics as well as how to properly conduct security patrols. He deployed to Afghanistan in February of 2010 just 7 months after his first child was born. 2 months prior to returning home on his one year wedding anniversary, his truck was struck was by an IED attack. Due to the traumatic injury he suffers from memory loss, as well as PTSD, and spinal issues. He received Good Conduct Medal, 2 Letters of Appreciation, 2 Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal – ISAF, 2 Certification of Appreciation, Global War on Terrorism, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Shawn was honorably discharged in 2011.

MARINE SGT HARRINGTON DUFFY

Harrington (Harry) Duffy isfrom the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Graduated High School from Tularosa High School in 2003, and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps two months out of high school. His MOS was 2111, Armorer. he served a tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2005 until October 2005, in AR Ramadi, Iraq. Harry also served a tour of duty in Operation Enduring Freedom from January 2009 until August 2009 In the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

After leaving the Corps as a Corporal in 2009, He lived with his family, Jessica and thier daughter Scarlett Mattis, on the Reservation in New Mexico until 2013, when they moved to Odessa, Texas.

Currently Harry is a Field Service Coordinator with Knighten Machine and Service where he is happy to be working. Knighten Machine and Service is a great company whose president is also a veteran of the US Army, and has been recognized for supporting, and employing United States veterans like himself.

Harry has been following our mission for the past few years and we were honored to meet him last October when we were at the Dallas Cowboys game.  Harry says “It”s people (and Organizations) like yours that keeps us veterans knowing that we are appreciated for our service to our great country!”

ARMY SGY GREG DOTSON

Gregory Dotson Served over 10 years in the army as line medic. Dotson was hit on a QRF mission to aide the Iraqi Police and lost his leg due to injuries from the blast that impacted the back of his Bradley directly below his legs. His right leg was salvaged with plates and screws. Greg also suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in the blast & has been diagnosed with PTSD. In the ten months of his second deployment he treated 157 casualties, losing more than he cares to remember.

Today Greg is Married and a proud father of 6 girls.

SGT SAM MOORE

Marine SGT Samuel Moore. is a 32 years old, born in Nashville & grew up in Dallas. In 2002, shortly after that he joined the Marine Corps Reserve he had his son.  While

 deployed to Iraq in 2005 where SGT Moorewas injured by a roadside IED.  To this day he continues to struggle with PTSD, but has made significant strides to improve his life. He maintains a home he & his son.  He has also earned an Associate’s degree and is currently working on a Bachelor’s in Ecology for Environmental Science at the University of North Texas. Sam enjoy anything outdoors especially fishing.

AIR FORCE DAVID WEBB

David is the Youngest of 5 boys raised in a single parent home on welfare.   One of his brothers served as a Marine for 20 years and another was in the Navy for 5.  Webb followed in his brothers footsteps & joined the Air Force in 1989.  He spent 4 years in the Air Force and Army Special Operations.

Throughout his carer, David served for 25.5 Years Active Duty.  11 years as an Enlisted Member & 14.5 years as a Commissioned Officer

While serving in Iraq, David spent a lot of time running on treadmills when he wasn’t put on misisons.  He continued to run when he got home and has completed 5 marathons (2 this year) & 2 half Ironman Triathlons and other shorter Triathalons as well.

Webb has two kids & is a proud grandfather.  His daughter Emily is married to an Active Duty Air Force Captain who is an Air Battle Manager stationed at Tinker AFB in OKC, they
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His son lives in Omaha and goes to college at the same school I taught ROTC
at – University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He played a few years of baseball at
a junior college then a little at UNO

NAVY ADAM MUNICH

Adam was born and raised in Buffalo NY.  He joined the Navy after being unable to find a decent job using his associates degree in computer repair.  Munich served aboard the USS Nimitz as an avionics electrician technician & worked on F-18 hornets & super hornets.

Adam currently works as a network engineer in San Antonio Texas.  He also spends time working with an organization called team Red White & Blue who’s mission is to enrich the lives of american veterans through physical and social activity.

1SGT RUSSELL BELL

1st Sgt. Bell joined the Army on January 24, 1996 as an Infantryman, attending One Station Unit Training and U.S. Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga. before reporting to Camp Casey, Korea for his first assignment. After spending a year in Korea, 1st Sgt. Bell reported to Fort Bragg where he served at various levels in 1st Bn., 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment for more than five years and then transitioned to his drill sergeant duties at Fort Jackson, S.C.  Following his tour at Fort Jackson, 1st Sgt. Bell returned to the airborne community with the 508th PIR in Italy and subsequently returned to Fort Bragg where he served as a 1st Sgt. for more than three years in two different units, most recently with HHC, 1st Bn., 508th PIR.  This was his fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan over the course of seven years.

“1st Sgt. Russell Bell was one of the best all around leaders I have had the privilege of serving alongside in over 18 years of military service.” said Lt. Col. Ced Carrington, 1-508th Battalion Commander. “His presence alone made each day brighter.  He constantly shared stories that put smiles on Troopers’ faces.  He always looked for opportunities to make those around him laugh – particularly during tough situations.  1st Sgt. Bell made a difference every day and all who worked anywhere near him were immediately drawn to his personality.”

1st Sgt. Bell’s training and accomplishments include Airborne School, Air Assault School, Warrior’s Leader Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Drill Sergeant School, Jumpmaster School, U.S. Army Ranger Course and the Senior Leader’s Course.

1Sgt Bell made the Ultimate Sacrifice on August 2nd 2012 while serving in Afghanistan when he and another soldier in his unit encountered and IED.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with five bronze knots, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral three, the NATO medal, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/08/rip-1st-sgt-russell-r-bell-staff-sgt.html