What is a Hero's Wish?


Wish: SKI LIFT TICKET
All, Thank you for granting my wish this year. It has been a hard year with combat deployments and other personnel things in my life. This day is a day that I will never forget. Again thank you. Respectfully MSGT Sagredo Ismael

Hero's Wish Veteran Tickets Foundation is proud to bring the Hero's Wish program to our members!

Deployed, wounded and families of those killed in action are shouldering the hardest burdens of military service. Their duty has impacted their lives in ways the rest of America can only imagine. To relieve their burden of stress Vet Tix would like to give a once in a lifetime event to these Heroes. Hero's Wish events create wonderful experiences that they can always remember to heal their spirit and bring them together as a family. For those who have suffered, we want to welcome them back and bring enjoyment back into their lives.

Hero's Wish allows members who meet certain criteria to request specific tickets for any single event (NOTE: We are not capable of fulfilling meet and greets, trips, cruises, hotel stays or flights), and have donors fulfill that request either by ticket donation or by donating money to make the hero's wish come true.

The Hero's Wish program can be used by Active Duty Military Personnel (six months prior to, while on leave from or six months after their deployments), severely wounded Veterans (Purple Heart Required) and the families of men and woman killed in action (KIA).

After submitting a Hero's Wish, Vet Tix will work with the veteran to verify the Hero's Wish requirements are met. If all criteria are met, a member of the Hero's Wish will be assigned to facilitate wish fulfillment. Veteran Tickets Foundation does not discriminate based on race, religion, sex or social status.

The Vet Tix Hero's Wish team and other volunteers explore possible ways to make the Hero's Wish come true for our veteran. Most Hero's Wishes are funded on a case by case basis with funds donated through the website and by the Hero's Wish team working hard with our donors and venues to make the Hero's Wish a reality.

Click here to see the list of the current Hero's Wishes!

Help Fulfill a Hero's Wish

Want to help Veteran Tickets Foundation fulfill the wish of one of America's heroes? There are two ways you can help us honor these special members:

  • Make a ticket donation. Simply visit the Hero's Wish page and select a wish that you'd like to help Vet Tix fulfill.
  • Don't have tickets to donate? No problem! You can always support a hero by making a monetary donation toward the wish you select and Vet Tix will purchase the tickets.

New wishes are being submitted all the time, so we encourage you to view the hero's wish page as often as you can.

Wish: DISNEYLAND DREAM!
Thanks to everyone that made our Disneyland Dream a reality! We really appreciate what you do for our military families! Thank you for all your support!

Submit A Hero's Wish

Are you Currently Serving Military (six months prior to combat deployment, six months after a deployment, or while on leave from deployment), a severely wounded Veteran (Purple Heart Required) or a family member of someone who was killed in action (KIA)?

If you are and you have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization, then you are eligible for our Hero's Wish Program! All you need to do is complete a few easy steps and Veteran Tickets Foundation will get started on making your Hero's Wish come true!

NOTE: Veteran is allowed to submit 1 (ONE) lifetime wish. If wish goes unfilled, that still counts as your one lifetime wish.

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Disney World Vacation
My name is CPT Leon Forystek and I am currently serving my fourth deployment in the military overseas with the 371SB all over Iraq and Afghanistan. I have 4 kids ranging 1-4.I have missed all my children being born, all holidays, birthdays, walking, first tooth pulled, first day of school, and so on. The first thing that I would love to do for my kids the very first time without missing anything is to take them to Disney in Florida when I return in April of 2018. With pre-deployment training, I have not been able to take my kids anywhere or barely take them to the park, so this trip would mean so much to me and my children. I am going to retire when I return and thought I can at least share a great moment with my family.

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Universal Studios - Orlando
Hello everyone! My name is Rosanne Caballero. I'm an Air Force active duty Staff Seargent currently deployed overseas. I currently call RAF Lakenheath in England home. I'm a proud Security Forces member with five years of K-9 experience. My job doesn't always allow much time for travel with my family, nor does it yet make sense to my 8-year old son. My plan is to make it up to him in the ultimate way by taking him to one of the best theme parks during his next summer break. Our family enjoys going on adventures as much as possible. All I want is to make unforgettable memories we can cherish during his lifetime. My family has had a difficult time understanding the military lifestyle since they have only been exposed to it for about two years now. They are my rocks and keep me going when times get tough. My only wish is to give them all that they deserve plus more. I would love to take them to Universal Studios Orlando. Although it could never make up for the time I was away, it would give us a great deal of time to spend together without interruptions. I just want to say thank you for this program and all that you do for our vets!

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Universal Studios Orlando
Hey everyone! I'm Major Michael Ketcham, on my 3rd deployment away from family. My kids are growing up very quickly, and I'm lucky enough to be able to video chat with them and get many pictures! I have 2 boys and 2 girls all under the age of 11. They paired up and provided me 2 little stuffed animals that I can take with me everywhere I go. I take pictures of them helping me with all my tasks so the kids can be a part of what I'm doing! When I get back, I would love to take the family to Universal in Orlando Florida. My wife is a stay-at-home mom, it is hard to take a large family on a big vacation on a single-income budget. With the money I've saved up from this deployment, I would love help in purchasing 6 Armed Forces Salute tickets! We receive AMAZING support from those we protect, and I'm truly grateful for everything! GOD BLESS!

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Hamilton for my family
My name is Donny Daughenbaugh, I am a medically retired OIF-II Marine. I was an 0311 and enjoyed being a rifleman and during my short time in Iraq I believe I helped make a difference. One night, 7 weeks into my deployment I was searching a car when the driver shot me in the face. The bullet broke my jaw, and stayed too close to my spinal cord and my brain to be removed. I'm now 12 years post injury and have developed a headache disorder, a small seizure issue and chronic nerve damage from the course of the bullet. I was given a purple heart in Bethesda and used my injury and my ongoing recovery to help me as an advocate for other wounded veterans. My family is very involved in helping to advocate for the needs of wounded veterans and their families. I have a wife, 13 year old daughter, 8 yr old son and a baby on the way! My wife and daughter are big fans of the Hamilton Broadway show. I'd like to add the difficulty in getting these tickets with the possibility of VetTix making it happen to equal an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity for my family.

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Post deployment family trip to Disneyland for daughter's birthday
MSgt John Escalante USMC, 21 year veteran, on my 11th deployment scheduled to return in April 2018 just in time for my daughter's seventh birthday. I understand what I do is for country and Corps but it weighs heavy on the family being gone all the time. Since my daughter's birth, this is my third deployment, first one being just three days after she was born. It would mean the world to me if my supportive wife Emily, daughter Dylan, and myself could spend the weekend at Disneyland for Dylan's birthday and to celebrate my safe return home. We are respectfully requesting (3) 3 day park hopper tickets to Disneyland.

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Disney World Vacation for Family
My name is SSG Joseph Weghorst. I'm in the Army with 12 years of service, I'm on my 4th deployment, 3 to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan. This deployment I am in Iraq and have been away for 5 months, prior to this I did one 15 month tour to Iraq, and 12 to Iraq and Afghanistan. I joined the Army when my kids were 5 and 3 and have spent all four of my deployments away from them. This year is my daughters senior year of High School and I have missed it, but should be home just in time for her graduation and would like to take her to Disney after graduation and before college. For block leave prior to this deployment I was suppose to take her to Disney, but my mother tested positive for breast cancer so we cancelled our Disney trip and visited my mother.

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