Past Hero's Wishes

GETTING MARRIED ON LEAVE!!!

Jul 15th 2010

I'm currently serving at an undisclosed location in the Middle East. I got engaged to my girlfriend of 3 years in February of this year. We have set a date for July 17th while I'm home on mid-tour leave. For our first date 3 years ago I took her to see the Atlanta Braves play the Milwaukee Brewers. It so happens that the same two teams are playing on the night that would be our bachelor/bachelorett party night July 15, 2010. We've made plans to go to the game for said celebration, however there are 8 people in our wedding party and getting good seats for that many people is impossible on my budget (did i mention, her parents don't approve, so I'm paying for the whole wedding.) I know its a long shot, but one of the few things that we hold on to over here are the ones we love, and following our favorite sports teams in the news. I know the Braves aren't rocking anybody's world this year, but I would still love to see them play. I know this is a long shot, but its the only shot I've got. Thanks.

GETTING MARRIED ON LEAVE!!!
United States Army
Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Dream to See

Jul 14th 2010

Dear VET TIX, My name is Gordon Ewell. I am a Severely Injured Iraq War Veteran, Medically Retired after over 24 years of service (U.S. Army). It was “My Dream” to spend 30 years in military service, and retire as a Command Sergeant Major. However, in 2006, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Blew up my vehicle. Injuries that I sustained deprived me of that dream, and many others. I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a Broken Neck, Lost my Right Eye, and Lost most of the Vision in My Left Eye (while I have some useable vision, I am legally Blind). I lost My Hearing (I have a Cochlear Implant), I have had the left side of my face rebuilt (jaw), and have been on a liquid diet for the better part of four years. I suffer from severe PTSD, a Flaccid Neurogenic Bladder, Cognitive Disorders, Myalgia, Abnormality of Gait, Fracture of the 6th vertebrae in my neck, with restricted right side stenosis, Fractured Jaw, Chronic pain, Dyssomnia, and Chronic facial Pain. My wife has had a dream of wanting to see the Broadway Show, “Wicked,” ever since it’s Premier. I told her in 2005, prior to leaving for Iraq, that I would take her when I got home. I lied. Instead of coming home, and taking her to see “Wicked,” I came home Severly Wounded, and have spent the last four years, in and out of 5 different hospitals, seeing over 43 different Surgeons, Medical Specialists, and Doctors, as well as over a dozen different Dental and Oral Surgeons, and again that many mental health professionals. Instead of me realizing my dream, or her realizing hers, We have done nothing but try to regain all of the physical and mental health we could for me. She put her life on hold, trying to help ensure, that I would have the best life I could, with what I had l left, in the future. Now, my dream has changed. My dream is to try to make her dream (and my original promise to her) come true. I have to be in Palo Alto, California for a Congressional Eye Study, that I am part of, Between 12 and 14 July. I noticed at the Orpheum Theater, on 1192 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 512-7770, The Off Broadway Play of “Wicked” is being performed. I was very excited. However, the tickets for the Orchestra Section of the Play are $95.00 a piece. It might not seem like a lot, but with SIX kids at home, the price is way “outside” of my grasp. If I could have a wish come true. It would be to be able to take her to see “Wicked,” while we were in the “Bay Area,” 12-14 July, the 14th if at all possible. I have not even told her that the Play is going on, for fear that she would just have her hopes dashed again, if I were unable to take her. Anyway, that is my dream. If there is anything you could do to make it come true, I cannot tell you how grateful I would be. If it just can’t happen, I totally understand, and would still like to tell you thank you for all you are doing and trying to do on behalf of all our Soldiers and Veterans. Thank you Very MUCH!!! Sincerely, Gordon “Gordy” Ewell Severely Wounded “Iraqi War Veteran”

Dream to See
United States Army
Severely Wounded Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Thank You Message From Hero:
Dear Vet Tix Team, Recently I submitted a wish to you. I was going to be in the Bay Area (San Francisco), in July 2010, for some ongoing medical testing and studies as a result of severe injuries suffered in Iraq in 2006. I noticed the off-broadway production of the play "Wicked," was playing at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. It was my wife's wish to see the play. It was MY WISH, to make her wish come true, as a way of saying thank-you for taking care of this Wounded Warrior, So Badly Broken, and different than the Warrior you sent off to War. It was very short notice, and the premium tickets were way outside the price range for the parents of six kids. But, it was worth a shot, so I took the chance to make my wish come true and contacted you. I do not know how you pull off the miricles that you do. My reasoning is simple, because you are all angels... or helping them do their work anyway :) You not only made my wish come true, by arranging for us the very best seats in the Theater, but arranged a night at a luxury hotel and dinner at one of the very best reastraunts in the city. To top it off you arranged a Limo to take us to each destination the entire evening. It was truly a remarkable evening! Your Expertise and Contacts in the Entertainment Industry, took my wish and added to it wonderful elements that I never would have thought of, never could have afforded, or ever would have attempted to pull together on my own. Thank-You! It will never be enough for the memories that will last a lifetime, for one of the best things to have happened since my injuries, or for the opportunity to see my wife smile and laugh, after so many hard years filled with 5 different hospitals, 43 different specialists, surgury after surgury, and driving hours every single day for intensive out-patient therapies. Thank-You Vet-Tix for literall making "OUR" wishes come true! Very Special Thank You to Eddie Rausch. Thanks Eddie! You are all AWESOME! Mission Accomplished! Thank-You!!!
 
Rockies Tickets vs. Boston

Jun 22nd 2010

I will be home early June and would like to take my 3 year old to his 1st Rockies game.

Rockies Tickets vs. Boston
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Thank You Message From Hero:
I just came home from a year in Iraq and I contacted VTF, they were really helpful in getting me great seats for me and my family. I took my son to his first Red Sox game and we had a great time. The seats were awesome and Dwayne and Eddie were great. I cannot say enough. Great job and thanks a lot.
 
Long awaited Honeymoon.

May 9th 2010

Shortly after I married my wonderful wife Amy I deployed to Iraq. Now that I am nearing my return home I would like to take her to Disney World in Orlando Florida for our Long awaited honeymoon. My wife has never been there and I think it would really be something we will always cherish and remember. The tickets are $99.00 each for 4 day passes. We are asking for 2. Thank you very much for taking the time to look over this and May God Bless you for your donation.

Long awaited Honeymoon.
United States Army
Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much Vet Tix for everything you do...and to the person that donated the funds to make our long awaited honeymoon wish come true, THANK YOU...it was AWESOME!!!
 
Tim McGraw Concert for R&R

May 8th 2010

Hi there. I'm PVT Kirk Downing, currently serving overseas (with the Florida National Guard) in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I don't think that answering the call of duty for the greatest country on earth makes me a hero, as I am just one of millions who have done it. But I am definitely learning how hard it is to be away from the people I love and care about. I was blessed to receive a "Rest & Relaxation" leave for next month (May) and am excited to get home to Florida and see my Family and my Girlfriend. I miss them like crazy, and it will be extremely great to get away from the stresses of life over here. There is a Tim McGraw concert at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on May 8th, and I would love to drive up from Miami and take my girlfriend or sister to the show. Tim McGraw is my favorite artist in the world, and that would pretty much "make my whole year!" To those of you reading this and the many others, thank you for all you do to support us. The amount of love in the way of gifts, greeting cards, care packages, etc. is overwhelming and awesome. We can't all thank you enough for helping to make our time away from "home" a little easier. God Bless you all.

Tim McGraw Concert for R&R
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
Suns Playoffs!

Apr 26th 2010

Just got home from my second deployment in 3 years. The Suns are going to the playoffs. I would like for myself and the guys I served with have a chance to watch them play...and beat the Trail Blazers!

Suns Playoffs!
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:

Tutor Perini Building Corp.
donated 4 tickets
Thank You Message From Hero:
It has been a very long while since my first ever suns game, a playoff no less. But, I can remember every moment of it. I brought a few of my hometown friends as my battle buddies were all on vacation after returning home from deployment. I spent a good portion of my deployment watching the Suns in my free time whenever they were on AFN. The opportunity to go to a Suns game during the playoffs with some of my life long friends was an experience I will never forget. Your contribution sincerely helped with my reintegration into civilian life and brought laughter and joy back into my world. It was a great experience I thank you so much for that opportunity! Sgt Knudson US Army
 
Academy of Country Music Awards

Apr 18th 2010

I am currently deployed in Iraq. I will be on leave from 1 Apr 10 to 21 Apr 10 and will be in FL and Las Vegas, NV. I recently found out the Academy of Country Music Awards will be taking place in Vegas during that time. I am a huge country music fan and tried to buy tickets online, but they were sold out. If there is a way I can get them through this organization. Thanks!!

Academy of Country Music Awards
Wish fulfilled by:
Thank You Message From Hero:
I can't thank you enough for the opportunity you provided me while in Vegas. The room at the Bellagio was incredible and the buffet was excellent. If there is anything I can do to give back to your agency, please let me know. Thanks again.
 
Meet Steve Nash

Apr 15th 2010

I know it has been my husbands dream to meet Phoenix Suns Steve Nash or Some of the Suns Players. I would love to make this possible. He is an amazing guy who not only serves our country but is also a Police Officer and serves the community. I Hope that with your help this may come true.

Meet Steve Nash
United States Army
Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Ron donated 2 tickets
Thank You Message From Hero:
I just wanted to say thank You to Eddie Rausch and VETTIX for making my hero's wish come true. I had an amazing time at the game. Such an awesome thing you guys do for the military. Thank You again!
 
Mavericks Tickets

Mar 30th 2010

I would like to attend a Mavericks game. I was deployed in support of OIF and was medevac'd in August of 2009 I am currently in the Warrior Transition Unit and live in Fort Worth. I had surgery after 6 months of therapy to my right knee and am pending surgery on my left knee. I am a single mother and I feel that my children have already given up so much. I feel that because Basketball is important to them that it would be wonderful to show them that I am greatful for all the support they give me during this time. I also suffer from PTSD and that sometimes could be difficult for them to comprehend. They are patient and loving, for that I am thankful.

Mavericks Tickets
United States Army
Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Dallas Mavericks - NBA donated 6 tickets
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you to the Dallas Mavericks for giving me and my family the gift of the NBA. My children being basketball players themselves really had an appreciation for this and I as a mother was able to experience such an amazing time with them. You will never know how deeply this has touched our family and our hearts!
 
Justin Bieber

Feb 20th 2010

My husband Cpl. Charles Palmer was Killed In Action Iraq May 5th 2007. My 11 year old daughter has never really asked for anything since. She has asked me to try to get tickets to see Justin Beiber in concert. If there would be anyway possible, this would make one little girl so happy. He is playing at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on February 20, 2010. We are willing to travel just to attend this concert. Thank you for anything you can do to make this happen.

Justin Bieber
United States Marine Corps
Family of KIA
Wish fulfilled by:
New York Islanders - NHL donated 3 tickets
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
USS ALASKA BLUE Trip to NYC

Feb 20th 2010

Hi, My name is Kevin Byrne and I am Commanding Officer of USS ALASKA (SSBN732)(BLUE). My Commnd will be conducting a trip to the NYC area in order to speak to NROTC Midshipman at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and State University of New York at Maritime College. As part of the trip I am bringing one Junior Officer and some senior enlisted personnel. As part of the trip I would like to get my guys to some of New York's attractions- Whether it be a Broadway show, sporting event (Rangers, KNicks, etc) or tour of a historic landmark. Do you have any information on what will be available between 20-24 February? Thanks. Sincerely, Kevin Kevin M. Byrne, CDR, USN CO, USS ALASKA (SSBN732)(BLUE)

USS ALASKA BLUE Trip to NYC
Wish fulfilled by:
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank You Vet Tix
 
Last Minute Plea so Husband Gets To See Show in Las Vegas before he deploys!

Feb 6th 2010

I know that this might be impossible at the last minute but certainly worth it to see his smile if someone is able to fufill! My husband, Cpl West, who previously served from 2002-2006 at 29 Palms, CA & Camp Pendleton. Then he re-joined as Reserve in August 2009...and is now back to Active Duty. I am so proud of MY Hero and I hope everyone understands exactly what I am talking about. He will deploy to Afghanistan in March for 7 months, leaving behind myself and our 3 young boys ages 7, 4 & 2. The one thing that we wanted to do before he deployed was to return to Las Vegas where we were married and celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. While in Las Vegas our hope is to see George Strait in concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sat. February 6th, 2010...but any show to celebrate our anniversary would be appreciated. We have everything else set & reserved(non-refundable) and we're being joined by his sister, a Veteran of the Navy. Just when I thought we were set, I am unable to find tickets that we are able to afford..I'm blown away by the fact that the cheapest tickets I have found are $200 a each! Now I fear that the one thing that he wanted to do before his deployment is out of reach. I am not ready to give up. I hope & pray that someone out there can bring the biggest smile ever not only to his face but also to mine. My husband is a very hard worker and very dedicated to everyone else's needs. He fights hard for our family as well as our country therefore, I am fighting to bring a smile to his face. Please someone, help me in my wish for my Hero so that he holds onto that memory over there as a reminder of what he is fighting for. Thank you all so much for what you do & thanks to everyone who has served, currently serves and plans to serve in the future.

Last Minute Plea so Husband Gets To See Show in Las Vegas before he deploys!
United States Marine Corps
Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Tristan donated 2 tickets
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 


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