Past Hero's Wishes

Disney World Vacation

Jun 27th 2018

Hello, my name is SSG Phi Nguyen and I just recently returned home from my 2nd deployment and wish to take my family on a vacation to Disney World. After my 1st deployment I was unable to take them anywhere on a vacation so I would love to surprise them this time around with a trip to Disney World. Although this was only my 2nd deployment, I have missed countless birthdays, anniversaries, multiple holidays and school functions which has been really tough on my family, not just myself. I want to let my family know that I appreciate them for all their sacrifices that they have had to make while I was away. I would love to have three 4-day park hopper passes to Disney World. Thank you so much for any help in making my wish for my family dream come true. I greatly appreciate all the support.

Disney World Vacation
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
John donated $20.00
Richard donated $50.00
Connica donated $50.00
Amanda donated $50.00
Robert donated $10.00
Travis donated $20.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $600.00
Daniel donated $10.00
Edna donated $50.00
Thomas donated $50.00
Christy donated $100.00
Thank You Message From Hero:
We would like to thank Vettix, Veteran Tickets Foundation and each one of our 10 individual donors who made it possible for this truly awesome vacation to DisneyWorld. My family had such a blast at all the parks and made magical memories that we will remember forever. Words cannot express how we feel or how much we appreciated this gift. Thank you once again to everyone for your kindness, generosity, support, time and effort into making this vacation possible and a huge success for us. - Nguyen Family.
 
Disney World Trip

Jun 26th 2018

My name is Airman First Class Stricker I am currently on a six month deployment in Afghanistan. It is my very first deployment and it is hard being away from family. I would like to take my dad (Chad Stricker 43) and my two younger sisters (Peyton Stricker 16) (Janevy Stricker 14) to Disney World. I want to take them on this trip to make up for missed time together. I would like four 4 OR 5 day park hopper tickets. This would mean the world if you could make this happen for us.

Disney World Trip
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Veterans Support Foundation donated $395.00
Mark donated $5.00
Hillary donated $20.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much for making this trip happen for my family and I we had an amazing time together.
 
Universal Studios - Los Angeles

Jun 17th 2018

I am SSG Bryant my one wish is to take my wife and kids to Disney World, I have 3 boys one is 6, than I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. I have never been to Florida or Disney World, I see it on TV or I have friends that have been and they all have enjoyed it, I just feel like it would be an awesome thing if I can at any way get them to go to Universal Studios so they can have fun there. My two younger boys birthdays are 1 day apart and It would be a great birthday gift to take them to Disney world.

Universal Studios - Los Angeles
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Alan donated $50.00
Wesley donated $5.00
William donated $40.00
BRIAN donated $5.00
Justin donated $0.05
Veterans Support Foundation donated $1000.00
Thomas donated $50.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Disneyland Vacation (homecoming reunion)

Jun 15th 2018

My name is Chief Petty Officer Bradley, Erik. It'll be 16 years of service come this May 2018. The toughest part about being in the military is leaving a support system like no other...my family has sacrificed so much for my career and continues to do so. I am currently deployed to the Persian Gulf and will not return until December sometime (7 months gone). My wife and I have had dreams of taking our boys to Disney since they were 2 and 4 (now 7 and 9) and have not had the funds to take our boys on a family vacation. I would love to be able to surprise our 2 boys with a trip to Disneyland to try to make up for all the missed birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. I would like to make a Hero's wish to request (4) Disneyland 3-day park hopper tickets for my family; My wife Rebecca and our 2 boys; CJ 9, Trenton 7. We would love to take this trip in February or March 2018. Any sort of contribution would be greatly appreciated and a dream come true for all of us. Please help our family with a vacation that will be remembered for a lifetime and we would be forever grateful. Thank you and God Bless.

Disneyland Vacation (homecoming reunion)
United States Navy
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Christopher donated $100.00
Andrew donated $25.00
Robert donated $50.00
Gordon donated $20.00
Paul donated $255.00
Richard donated $500.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
My family and I want to thank everyone that made this dream a reality. We spent 3 days between Disneyland and California adventures. We had a blast and with out your great generosity this would not have been possible. From the bottoms of our hearts we Thank You.
 
To take my family to Disney World

Jun 15th 2018

I am a Navy Corpsman, currently on my 3rd deployment. I am married to my beautiful wife, Sandra, and we have 3 boys -Kayden (7), Christopher (5), and Samuel (1). Due to monetary constraints, I have been unable to give my family a true vacation. I wish to bring my family to Disney World and have a memorable vacation with them. The military keeps me away from my family far more than I wish, and I want to have a special vacation with my family. I don't want my boys to look back and only remember me being gone all the time. I want my family to have a little bit of fun if that is possible.

To take my family to Disney World
United States Navy
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Clifton donated $10.00
Dawn donated $25.00
Linda donated $25.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $1040.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much for this! I was finally able to give my family the vacation we have always dreamed of thanks to VetTix and all donors who made this possible. Thank You! - The Munro Family
 
Disney World Dream Vacation

Jun 11th 2018

Hello everyone! I'm SFC McBride, I am on my 4th deployment. I have been in the Army for 16 years. I have missed so many significant moments with the family. We haven’t had time to make it to 1 family reunion while I have been in the service. My wife Veronica was also in the service, but had to get out because of complications with our triplets during birth. Our family has been through a lot with me being away during deployments and military training. My wife has been the backbone of this family for many years, abandoning her dream to serve our country and becoming a stay at home mom. We have 7 kids total (1 set of triplets, my baby boy has autism in the pic with his head down) and I could never be able to balance life the way she does it on a daily basis. My kids are Lem Jr 12, Cassidy 10, Jayden 8, Ladarius 6, Aloni, Amari, Aloni all three are 5. During this deployment, my 2 oldest sons have stepped up and tried to fill my shoes with supporting my wife with the little ones. I want to show my wife and kids that I’m very grateful for their patience and support. I want to take the family to Disney World in Florida for 3 days. I am just asking for assistance with purchasing tickets. I have saved enough during this deployment to pay for lodging, and transportation. I return home around June and want to plan our trip in July. A trip to Disney World is a one in a lifetime dream for our family, but because of the size it’s very difficult. A friend told me about the Hero's Wish and this gave me hope that our dream could actually come true. Thank you so much and I'm truly grateful for any support. GOD BLESS!

Disney World Dream Vacation
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Lem donated $75.00
Lem donated $150.00
Veronica donated $150.00
Kristy donated $50.00
Kaoline donated $75.00
William donated $20.00
Lem donated $100.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $880.00
Luke donated $50.00
Richard donated $100.00
Mark donated $25.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Post Deployment Family Vacation DisneyWorld

Jun 11th 2018

My name is SGT Jeremiah Brewington. I am currently deployed to assist in Operation Enduring Freedom. This is my second deployment. During the course of this deployment my wife gave birth to our 4th child prematurely. Our other 3 children (5,4,3) have been more than patient while their mother has adjusted to life with 4 kiddos temporarily on her own. They've had to deal with many of illnesses, unexpected diagnoses, and surgeries while I've been away. I feel that it's time to bring some light into their lives, and would love the opportunity to take them to Disney World.

Post Deployment Family Vacation DisneyWorld
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Gregory donated $100.00
Lance donated $25.00
Clifton donated $10.00
Richard donated $50.00
Johnny donated $50.00
Sherry donated $50.00
Hannah donated $20.00
Dustin donated $50.00
Heidi donated $45.00
Eric donated $15.00
Matthew donated $25.00
Christopher donated $50.00
David donated $200.00
Tony donated $10.00
Estrella donated $50.00
William donated $40.00
Beth donated $50.00
Erica donated $20.00
Richard donated $390.00
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Disney World

Jun 11th 2018

My name is SGT Holt (Morris). I am currently serving with the Ohio Army National Guard's, 371st Sustainment Brigade, to Southwest Asia. I have been in the military almost 15 years. Once completed I will have been away from my family for over 11 months. This is my first deployment and leaving my family is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I know being deployed is equally as hard on my husband and kids. My amazing husband is at home acting as both mother and father to my daughter who just turned 16 and my stepson who just turned 17. My stepson has autism and has a hard time focusing and understanding things sometimes. I also have a 13 year old daughter and a 12 year old son as well. I married my husband in October 2016 and I was deployed a few months later. My husband was born with spinabifida and also has a VP shunt in his brain to drain the fluid out of his brain. He also has to use a wheelchair most of the times now because walking and standing puts to much stress on his back and hips. This is the only thing that gives him some relief besides all the medicines he takes to aid in helping with the pain some. I should return home around mid-March 2018 and am planning to take my family to Disney World; I am asking for 6, 5 day Armed Forces Salute tickets. I have missed so much in this past year and the year leading up to this deployment that I am hoping this trip can help with re-connecting with them. Thank you so much for any help in making my wish for my kids come true. I greatly appreciate all the support.

Disney World
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Tammy donated $10.00
Danny donated $25.00
Teresa donated $70.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $1495.00
Eric donated $20.00
JOHN donated $10.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
I want to thank the Veteran Tickets Foundation and all the donors that helped make our family dream vacation a possibly. It was so much fun. All of my kids had a blast and my stepson loved all the scary stuff specially Chewbacca, he almost cried. Me, my husband, and all the kids loved seeing all the different characters and riding the rides. Best time of our lives thanks again for all you guys do.
 
Universal Studios - Orlando

Jun 5th 2018

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!

Universal Studios - Orlando
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Brittny donated $50.00
Andrew donated $20.00
Judy donated $25.00
Sean donated $25.00
Danny donated $25.00
Todd donated $20.00
Todd donated $10.00
Karry donated $20.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $755.00
Thomas donated $25.00
NATHAN donated $0.01
Joel donated $20.00
Thomas donated $50.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
We would like to thank each and every one of our donors for a truly special vacation experience. Our gratitude is beyond words. It is because of each of you that we have once again been able to pick up where we left off and make more beautiful memories. We will forever be grateful for your love and support.
 
Post Deployment Disney World Vacation

May 26th 2018

My name is SFC Lesley Slade. I have just returned from my 5th deployment to Iraq. I understand what I do is for the country and the Army but it weighs heavy on the family being gone for an extended period of time. I would love to be able to take my husband and two daughters on a trip to Disney World, and Universal Studios. This will help us with some much-needed family time and will be greatly appreciated.

Post Deployment Disney World Vacation
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Veterans Support Foundation donated $1250.00
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank You very much for the memories. We had a great time.
 
Legoland with the family

May 26th 2018

My Name is Sgt. David Arbiso. I first joined the Army back in 1992, then re-enlisted in 2007. This is my second deployment to the Middle East. Even with the advanced technology this time being able to talk on the phone, instead of writing to loved ones, this still has been one of the toughest. This is the first deployment my kids' ages 4 to 6-year-old had to endure, with many tears. It also was a time where my grandfather, a WW2 Navy Vet, passed away. He is the one who introduced me to the military. He was the one that showed me how proud a Vet he was honoring his country. Another tough spot for my wife was keeping control of the household, going back to school and graduates on May 25, but sadly had to endure putting her best friend, her dog, to sleep due to age and health issues. So my wish is to treat my family to Legoland in San Diego, so my little ones can enjoy the time with their parents.

Legoland with the family
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Sharon donated $350.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much for the tickets to Legoland. First little family break we had. loved it
 
Yankees Game

May 26th 2018

My name is Corporal Robert Taveras. I am currently on a 10 month deployment to Southwest Asia. It is my very first deployment and it is hard being away from family and friends. I would like to take my dad (Roberto Taveras 44) and my two younger brothers (Jayden Taveras 10) (Steven Taveras14) to a Yankees Game. I want to take them to this game to make up for missed time together. I would like 4 decent tickets to a Yankees game. This would mean the world if you could make this happen for us.

Yankees Game
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Julia donated 4 tickets
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets for his son, Landon's 6th Birthday

May 23rd 2018

Sgt. Michael J. Martinez, the father of my son (Landon)was KIA in 2007, in an explosion/ambush in Baghdad. My son was only a year old. Over the years we have kept his memory alive. My son is a wonderful boy and I know his father would be very proud of him. I am trying to make this birthday extra special for him as he is also graduating the sixth grade. I would like to take my Son to Disneyland for his birthday/6th grade graduation (gift). We hope his wish is granted.

Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets for his son, Landon's 6th Birthday
United States Army
Family of KIA
Wish fulfilled by:
Aaron donated $5.00
Anna donated $10.00
David donated $25.00
Ceir donated $75.00
Jeremiah donated $50.00
Janice donated $50.00
Joshua donated $10.00
Kien donated $100.00
Claudine donated $50.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much to the Veteran Tickets Foundation and everyone who helped make this wish happen. We are forever grateful! The days we spent there will be forever remembered! My son had so much fun! Thank you, there really are no words, the generosity and the wonderful gift you gave Landon for his birthday will forever be remembered!
 
Disneyland POST-Deployment Wish

May 9th 2018

I'm MSgt Brian Lunger, I am A/D USAF and have been deployed since 2017. My family and I have missed birthdays, 18 year anniversary, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Valentines day, Easter. My family has been an amazing support during this time. My wish is to take my wife and our 3 kids on a 4 day park hopper pass to Disneyland in Anaheim! I am hoping this could be a time that we can have fun and try and get back some of the time we have spent apart.

Disneyland POST-Deployment Wish
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
During this time we have been blessed with our post-deployment wish! We have been blessed with a set of tickets from an individual donor, and my family and I are grateful! We cannot express our thanks and gratitude in words. Thank you, thank you! We had the opportunity to go earlier than expected and enjoyed our time at Disneyland already with the blessing and we are very grateful! We want to thank Vet Tix and the donor for there generosity and the ability to do what they do! Thank you!
 
Hamilton for my family

May 4th 2018

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.

Hamilton for my family
United States Marine Corps
Severely Wounded Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
DR LEAH WINGEART donated $700.00
William donated $20.00
Michael donated $280.00
Michael donated $20.00
Richard donated $100.00
Jennifer donated $20.00
Paul donated $40.00
Jeremie donated $20.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
To each of the donors that made our Hamilton musical a possibility, I genuinely, truly appreciate it. My daughter said it was the best night of her life and all night I looked over at her, there was never a time when she didn't have a smile on her face. You gave us 4 tickets to an incredible opportunity and these memories will last us a lifetime! Thank you Vet Tix and supporters, this was an awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
 
Post deployment family trip to Disneyland for daughter's birthday

Apr 28th 2018

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.

Post deployment family trip to Disneyland for daughter's birthday
United States Marine Corps
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Richard donated $550.00
Thank You Message From Hero:
My family and I are so very thankful to Vet Tix and Mr Richard for the amazing opportunity to spend some quality post deployment family time at Disneyland. This event also allowed us to celebrate my daughter's 7th birthday. It was a day filled with laughter and joy!
 
Disney World Vacation

Apr 21st 2018

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.

Disney World Vacation
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Disney World - Park Hopper Plus Tickets

Apr 7th 2018

I would love to take my wife and three kids (15, 5 and 1) to Disney World for the kid's spring break after I return in March from my current six month deployment to Iwakuni, Japan. When my wife and I married in 2011 we were unable to go on a honeymoon due to my deployment schedule at the time. Since then I've missed birthdays, first steps, holidays and too many other moments with my family. It would be an amazing experience to spend some much needed quality time with them away from work. Since my youngest is only a year old we would just need 4 tickets and we would be very grateful if we could get 5 day tickets with the Park Hopper Plus option so that we can make the most out of the trip.

Disney World - Park Hopper Plus Tickets
United States Marine Corps
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
William donated $20.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $1024.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
On behalf of the Ellison family, I would like to sincerely thank Vet Tix for providing our family with tickets to Disney World. The words “thank you” simply can’t say it enough or express the gratitude that we have for this gift! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the parks and made memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all so much!
 
Disney World Orlando

Mar 24th 2018

My name is Major Nicholas Chou. I am a chaplain with the 371st Sustainment Brigade. My family and I would like to go to Disney World in Orlando after I return from deployment in March. This would provide a perfect opportunity to reconnect with my family during the kids' Spring Break. My wife, Sarah, and I are the proud parents of three children (Tyler-11, Taylor-8, and Lily-4). My daughter, Lily, in particular loves everything princess. So this would be a perfect trip for us. Thanks very much for your consideration.

Disney World Orlando
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
SSG Derrick donated $0.01
SSG Derrick donated $0.01
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much for the Disney tickets! We had an amazing time reconnecting after a long deployment. The boys loved the roller coasters and my daughter loved meeting the characters! We will tell many others about this amazing organization!
 
Family Disney World Vacation

Mar 21st 2018

My name is CW3 Amber Springer and I am currently serving with the Ohio Army National Guard's, 371st Sustainment Brigade, to Southwest Asia. Once completed I will have been away from my family for over 11 months. This is my second deployment but the first time I have had to deploy while being a mother and wife; leaving my family is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I know being deployed is equally as hard on my husband and kids. My wonderful husband is at home acting as both mother and father to our 4 daughters (2, 3, 5 and 13 yrs old) while working nights as a Columbus Police Officer. I should return home around mid-March 2018 and am planning to take my family to Disney World; I am asking for 6, 5 day Armed Forces Salute tickets. I have missed so much in this past year and the year leading up to this deployment that I am hoping this trip can help with re-bonding with them. Thank you so much for any help in making my wish for my kids come true. I greatly appreciate all the support.

Family Disney World Vacation
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Kendra donated $5.00
Michael donated $10.00
Colleen Ann donated $25.00
Hollee donated $10.00
Andrew donated $20.00
Johnny donated $20.00
Alesha donated $10.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you for all your support and making this trip possible for my family and I. It was the perfect opportunity for us to come together and reconnect as a family after my deployment away from my husband and four daughters. The time apart is incredibly hard but the opportunity you gave us to reconnect in such a magical place would not have been possible without your support! Thank you again, from the Springer family!
 


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