Past Hero's Wishes

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.
 
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
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
This Hero has not filled out a thank you message.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
 
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
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank You very much for the memories. We had a great time.
 
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
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
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 - 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!
 
Universal Studios Orlando

Mar 17th 2018

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!

Universal Studios Orlando
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Michael donated $200.00
Dawn donated $20.00
Dawn donated $25.00
Glen donated $200.00
Neil donated $100.00
Veterans Support Foundation donated $555.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you very much for allowing my family a chance to celebrate my return by going to Universal Studios, FL. Your donations helped us afford an incredible vacation! I also want to thank Vet Tix for putting all this together! We had a great time and my kids are very happy to have Daddy home again! THANK YOU! Michael
 
Family getaway to Walt Disney World, Florida

Mar 12th 2018

My name is 1Sgt Albert Archuleta. I've recently returned from a combat tour in Afghanistan this November with the Army National Guard. This happened to be my 3rd deployment as a citizen Soldier and family man. My last tour in 2009-2010, Iraq was a very emotional experience due to my oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Shortly afterwards our middle son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes too and both are now insulin dependent for the rest of their lives. Upon return, I immediately had to school myself on Diabetes plus quickly reintegrate back into my civilian career as a classroom teacher in order to make ends meet. This past January I was notified of deployment to Afghanistan at the age of 44. This was the most physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging tour ever. I was subjected to numerous combative situations and dealt with American WIA & KIAs while in southern Afghanistan for 9 months. Upon returning this November, there was little to no time for intimate bonding with the family due to my VA appointments for PTSD services and counseling. Not to mention the transition from combat back to public education was intense and fast. Never before have I had the opportunity before to take the family anywhere exciting and elaborate like Disney World in Florida. Having the opportunity to reunite with my kids and wife in another setting other than our home town would be a Hero's Wish Dream come true. Any support and assistance to make this wish come to true for not only me but my wife and 3 kids would be greatly appreciated. It’s time I gave back to them and I know this Hero’s Wish is not just for me but for the entire family.

Family getaway to Walt Disney World, Florida
United States Army
Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Tyler donated $25.00
Alesha donated $10.00
Steven donated $50.00
Jean donated $100.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you VETTIX and everyone else for assisting my family and I by making this Hero's Wish come true! This AMAZING experience to Disney World in Florida came at the right time and provided the much needed time for my family and I to catch up after the deployment to Afghanistan. It would not have been possible if it wasn't for this gracious organization and all those who support our troops...God Bless the USA!
 
Daytona 500 Tickets

Feb 18th 2018

My name is Ssgt Justin King. I recently returned from my second tour in Afghanistan, and I have always wanted to attend the Daytona 500. It has always been a dream of mine and my fathers to go to the race, and possibly into the pits to see it all up close. I just returned from Afghanistan in May, and not long after, my father had a heart attack. He also served 20 years in the Air Force, he has started his recovery, and luckily is doing well but this is something that would make a dream come true for two veterans. Any assistance we could receive be it tickets, pit passes, or any variation of the two would be greatly appreciated.

Daytona 500 Tickets
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Malinda donated $10.00
Gladys donated $100.00
Richard donated $1090.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
To everyone who donated, I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart. Our trip was incredible, and will forever be a wish come true for my family and I, it was extremely generous, and words will never be able to explain my gratitude. Thank You for everything
 
2 Tickets to Hamilton in Tempe, AZ

Feb 14th 2018

My name is SrA Kenneth Scherer. I have returned to the US after a four month deployment to Iraq with the 55th ERQS supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. I have served in the Air Force for over four years, and this is the first deployment I have been on. The four months apart was very difficult on my wife; it is the first time we have been away from each other for a long period of time. My friends were able to help my wife during the difficulty, and I would like to show my gratitude to her and 2 of my friends by taking them to see Hamilton. Hamilton is touring and coming to Arizona, and we would love to attend this musical. My wish is for 4 Tickets to the Hamilton Musical in Tempe, AZ.

2 Tickets to Hamilton in Tempe, AZ
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Jamie donated $75.00
Joshua donated $10.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much for allowing my wife and I to see Hamilton. This is a show in which I wouldn't of had the opportunity to see without the generosity of Vet Tix. Thank you for allowing my wife and I to have a Valentine's Day that will never be forgotten.
 
Oklahoma City Thunder game

Feb 2nd 2018

I'm SSgt Mattson and I am currently deployed in South West Asia with the 407 ESFS. I should return at the end of January or early February. My wife and I are really big OKC Thunder fans. Also my wife is currently pregnant she also is active duty air force. Our baby boy is due on Valentines day. So we wont have much time to relax with each other and catch up when I return due to our baby being born soon after. So this would be a really nice way to come home and give us a great night. My wish is to see an OKC Thunder game in Early February.

Oklahoma City Thunder game
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Kim donated $25.00
Chuck donated $100.00
Eric donated $20.00
Karen donated $10.00
TIM AND RHONDA donated $25.00
Justin 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.
 
HAMILTON in San Diego

Jan 20th 2018

My name is Cpl. Jose Gordillozavala. My wife and I have always wanted to attend the Hamilton play. We got married a couple of months prior to me leaving on my deployment, and did not get an opportunity to go on a honeymoon or spend a lot of time together. I know that to see a live performance of this play would be a great bonding opportunity for the both of us to enjoy each others company.

HAMILTON in San Diego
United States Marine Corps
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
I would like to thank everyone for making my wish come true! More specifically to the individual who donated the tickets, it meant a lot to my wife and I. My wife and I had a great time at HAMILTON in San Diego. It was such a great play and experience. We enjoyed every minute of silently singing along and the performance was magnificent. Once again thank you to everyone.
 
PARK HOPPER PASSES TO DISNEYLAND

Jan 15th 2018

Hello, my name is SFC Shawn Sullivan and my wish when I return home from Afghanistan is to take my family on a vacation to Disneyland and California Adventure. I am currently on my 4th deployment (3 tours in Afghanistan, 1 tour in Iraq). I have missed countless holidays, birthdays, kids sporting events, and school activities. I am hoping this trip can help with re-bonding with them and for my kids to know that they're appreciated for all their sacrifices that they have had to make in my absent. Being deployed is equally hard on my family as it is for me. My kids are tracking me returning home later than I really am, so this will be an extra surprise for them. I should return home around mid January 2018. Thank you so much for any help in making my wish for my kids come true. I greatly appreciate all the support.

PARK HOPPER PASSES TO DISNEYLAND
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Gary donated $200.00
Alan donated $50.00
Jethro donated $100.00
Terri donated $100.00
Christy donated $500.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
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!
 
Hamilton on Broadway

Jan 12th 2018

My name is SMSgt. Ronald Ahlstrom. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. My Hero's Wish is for my family that has been supporting me for the past six months. All my family keeps on talking about is their wish to go see the musical Hamilton in New York before we PCS overseas in March of 2018. I return from Afghanistan in December and I would love to make their Christmas wish come true. Tickets for the event are hard to come by and expensive. If it was not so close to our move we could probably afford to go. But because we will be leaving New Jersey soon there are not too many options for showings and even fewer that are in an affordable price range. I have been in the Air Force for over twenty years and I have done and been part of some amazing experiences. I would like the opportunity to share one with my family as well. Thank you for reading this and for all of your support for every military member.

Hamilton on Broadway
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Kendra donated $5.00
Steven donated $10.00
F M donated $1000.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for the overwhelming generosity and support that we received from the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. The cast, management, and staff treated my family and I like distinguished visitors and made my Hero's Wish a reality. The Hamilton on Broadway show was amazing, but the smiles on my families face and the tears in their eyes made this event more than a wish, it became a moment in time that I will always remember and be eternally grateful for. The Richard Rodgers theater, cast and staff of the Hamilton musical and Vet Tix allowed me to give my family a memory that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Thank you for exceeding every expectation that I could have imagined and for your amazing generosity. Your support is more than I could have imagined and your generosity has created an avid supporter, and a very grateful father. Thank you for continuing to show our service members that our sacrifices are appreciated, and our service does not go unnoticed.
 
Disney World

Jan 10th 2018

My name is Capt M. Josh Ogburn. I am currently deployed as a Navigator on the RC-135RJ, and have been deployed or TDY for 3/4 or this past year. My wife is the real hero, she has been raising our kids as a single parent with no close family support. Beyond that, my son was diagnosed with Spina Bifida early in the pregnancy, and my wife chose to undergo fetal repair surgery to give him the most favorable outcome. This involved delivering him via C-section at almost 24 weeks gestation, receiving surgery on his back, and then placing him back in the womb to continue to develop. After 3 months of bed rest to avoid preterm labor, Zeke was born the second time at 35 weeks. I am so thankful for the sacrifice my wife made for our son's future, as well as the incredible work she does on a daily basis to provide for a special needs child and a very spirited 4 year old daughter! My wish is to take them to Disney World for a family vacation after my deployment and follow-up training this year. I would love to have four 4-day park hopper passes to be able to take some time to invest in our family.

Disney World
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Richard donated $150.00
Matthew donated $50.00
Bailey Provencal donated $5.00
Ken donated $10.00
Janice donated $50.00
Ruth donated $50.00
Michele donated $50.00
James donated $25.00
Daniel donated $200.00
Shawn donated $310.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you so much for your generosity- we had our best family vacation ever. We were highly impressed with the level of handicap accessibility at Disney and it allowed my son to have a really enjoyable experience. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loved exploring Animal Kingdom, and my wife and I are really thankful to have had a break in our crazy schedule before I leave again next week. Thanks again! -Josh
 
Family Disney Vacation

Dec 26th 2017

My name is CPT Frank Johnson. I am currently deployed to Southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support. I am a Texas Army National Guard Soldier, and I am a public school educator in my civilian job. This has been a good deployment, and I am proud of the work I've done here. I'm also proud of my wife and my kids for the support they've given me while tackling all of our home issues without me. I love them so much, and I really want to be able to treat them to Disneyland. They don't expect something this great - they just want me back home, but something like this would mean so much to them. Especially after the rough year they've had in my absence. This is my fifth overseas deployment. My family has never been to Disneyland, and taking them there would be a truly wonderful gift. Prior to leaving them, I spent months away on training events in preparation for my deployment. I was mobilized in January of this year, and I will be home in November!

Family Disney Vacation
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Jaria donated $110.00
Karry donated $20.00
Michele donated $25.00
Gary donated $25.00
Gina donated $25.00
Andrew donated $25.00
Trever donated $10.00
Dawn donated $200.00
Susan donated $10.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
To our generous donors, I want to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of our family. The time I spent away from them while I was in Afghanistan was difficult for all of us - especially my kids. Your kindness has given me the opportunity to share an experience with my kids that would not have been available otherwise. This week was spent bonding, reuniting, and laughing with my family at the happiest place on earth! Thank you for caring so much for a family you’ve never met - it truly means the world to us. Frank Johnson and family
 
Kansas City Chiefs Christmas Eve game for my dad!

Dec 24th 2017

I am making this wish for my father, without his knowledge. My father has been serving the Marine Corps for a total of 17 years. He has sacrificed everything for me (his daughter), my family, and this country. I can never repay him for everything he has done, but I can at least try. I want to try by making one of his oldest wishes come true. My father has been a Kansas City Chiefs fan since he was a child and he has always wanted to attend a home game. My father recently received very sudden, involuntary, high-risk orders to Afghanistan for 10 months. This will be his 3rd time in Afghanistan and his 6th deployment overall. Before he is shipped overseas, he will be able to come home for the holidays for 2 weeks. In this time, I want to make his wish come true by surprising him with tickets to the Chiefs game that will take place on Christmas Eve. This would be such a memorable trip for our family and I know this would mean so much to him. My dad is my personal hero and I am trying to do everything in my power to make this happen for him, but I cannot do it alone.

Kansas City Chiefs Christmas Eve game for my dad!
United States Marine Corps
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Bill donated $50.00
Jason donated $50.00
Malinda donated $20.00
Pam donated $100.00
Austin donated $10.00
Michael donated $30.00
Tina donated $5.00
Jason donated $40.00
James donated $10.00
Pamela donated $50.00
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 of my 11 donors for making one of dad's biggest dreams come true! I made this wish without my dad's knowledge and my family and I surprised him with the tickets. He was so surprised and I have never seen him so excited! We had the best Christmas Eve we could have ever imagined and made memories that we will cherish forever. My dad was even given an autographed ball from one of the Chiefs players who heard about his wish! Because of all of you, my dad was able to get the best send off he could before deploying to Afghanistan. He says that he's already planning our next trip to KC for when he comes home! We are all so appreciative and grateful for your support and for making this happen for my dad and our family. This experience really meant so much to us and we cannot thank you all enough..Thank you!!!!! - The Blanco Family
 
Dallas Cowboy Football Game

Dec 24th 2017

My name is A1C Meredith Lindsay, I am currently deployed in Turkey. I have been gone since July and come back December. When I get back in Wichita (McConnell AFB), I would like to go take my wife and go home to Texas. She has been handling everything at home, and when we take our Christmas leave I would like to really enjoy it and go to the Dallas Cowboys game on 24 Dec.(2 tickets). It will be a much needed vacation for both of us and a thank you for to her for taking care of all the things at home. My wife has been dealing with everything at home and as a gift to her I would love to take her to a Dallas Cowboys game during the Christmas holiday. It’s a thank you for everything she has done while I’ve been gone and a wonderful way to enjoy my Christmas holiday home.

Dallas Cowboy Football Game
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Julie donated $20.00
Lauren donated $20.00
Cynthia donated $50.00
Dennis donated $10.00
Elizabeth A. donated $100.00
Karry donated $20.00
William donated $20.00
Louis donated $20.00
Todd donated 2 tickets
Thank You Message From Hero:
I would like to thank all of the donors that made it possible for me to take my wife to a football game. I had so much fun and we created so many more memories that I will cherish forever. That was all thanks to the people that donated and to Vettix for making all this happen! THANK YOU!
 
Army-Navy football game - 12/9/17

Dec 9th 2017

My name is PFC Roger Sandeen. I am a combat wounded Vietnam veteran. My current bucket list includes attending an Army-Navy football game with my son. I have always wanted to attend this game. My son is currently a fitness instructor providing human performance services to Navy Seals and Special Operations Marines in the San Diego area. In June 1968, I volunteered to serve my country and joined the U.S Army. I was deployed to South Vietnam in January 1969. After a month in country, I volunteered to be point man for my squad. On March 17, 1969 during a search and destroy mission, a booby-trapped grenade exploded in front of our point squad. I was severely wounded and my squad leader, James Harold Armstrong, was killed. I am thankful for the field medics who treated me initially to stop the bleeding and saving my life. I am also grateful to the helicopter pilots who evacuated me to a field hospital and the doctors and nurses who treated me there. Due to the combat operations and associated traumas, I have PTSD and a hearing loss. I love my country and would serve again in a heartbeat!!!! Thank you for reading and considering my request

Army-Navy football game - 12/9/17
United States Army
Severely Wounded Veteran
Wish fulfilled by:
Karry donated $20.00
Jack donated $50.00
Jeffrey donated $5.00
Charles donated $25.00
Jimmy donated $20.00
Theresa donated $20.00
Erin donated $60.00
Gina donated $25.00
DR LEAH WINGEART donated $100.00
Paul donated $25.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
As an Army veteran, I have always dreamed of attending the annual Army/Navy football game. Through the generosity of 11 individual donors and Vet Tix, my dream came true on Saturday, December 9. I attended the game with my son, Chris. I also got to celebrate my son's birthday on Sunday!! It was all very surreal. It was a beautiful day in Philadelphia - 30 degrees and snow. The game was outstanding with a lot of ups and downs. Army won 14-13 and the game was not decided until the very last play. Even though my team won, we are all one team when it comes to defending our country. I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you to the 11 donors and Vet Tix for the tickets that you provided to me and my son. You are all very special people!!! Roger
 
4day Great Wolf Lodge Weekend

Dec 7th 2017

I just returned from my 4th deployment and would like to take my boys (14, 4, 3) on a waterpark weekend before Christmas. during this deployment I was served divorce papers and want to give my boys a great weekend that they'll remember.

4day Great Wolf Lodge Weekend
United States Army
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Traci donated $25.00
Irma donated $50.00
Quentin donated $20.00
Kaya donated $10.00
Curtis donated $10.00
Ruth donated $50.00
Michele donated $25.00
Patricia donated $25.00
Jane donated $15.00
Michael donated $100.00
Susan donated $10.00
Brandon donated $5.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank You, to Everyone who made this Trip possible for my family. My kids Loved GWL so much and keep asking us when we're headed back. My 4 yr old loved riding all of the BIG slides. My 3 yr old Loved the Splash pad and Kiddie pool. The thing that they found most enjoyable was watching the Polar Express in the Grand Lobby and being able to lay out on Blankets and eat popcorn. Again Thank You EVERYONE!!!
 
Disney World

Dec 4th 2017

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for taking a moment to read this and for supporting our military! I am currently on active duty, approaching my 12 year mark and just returned from deployment. We are a family of 6 and I would love the opportunity to spend either Christmas or Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World with my family this year since I missed being home with them in 2016. Disney World is our family's "happy place" and even though our children are growing up (we have one graduating high school in June) and getting older, Disney has a way of bringing us all closer together. I would especially like to be able to take them to the Very Merry Christmas Party one evening! Thank you again for all of your support!

Disney World
United States Navy
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
George donated $5.00
Cindy donated $10.00
Karen donated $10.00
Kristin donated $50.00
Julie donated $20.00
Scott donated $25.00
Douglas donated $10.00
Mark donated $50.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund. with funds From:
Funds donated by MILTRIBE - The Military Community Marketplace
MILTRIBE - The Military Community Marketplace
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Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank you VetTix and all of the gracious donors who helped make our trip so memorable! We were able to spend the holidays together in the most magical place on earth and even celebrate/announce our new bundle of joy!
 
Nutcracker Ballet

Dec 2nd 2017

My name is SrA Ella Tesar and I am currently serving with the Texas Air National Guard. I was Active Duty prior to separating to better raise my daughter. I am currently on my second deployment and will be returning home this summer. My husband, SrA Matthew Tesar, is currently Active Duty in Oklahoma. We have both made many sacrifices and faced many challenges as any military family does. My husband and I would love to be able to go see the Nutcracker Ballet in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House! Thank you for supporting our wish!

Nutcracker Ballet
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Aaron donated $2.00
Dawn donated $20.00
Jason donated $178.00
Texas Ballet Theater donated 2 tickets
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Disneyland Family Vacation

Nov 22nd 2017

I am MSgt Christina Petruzzi and I am currently deployed on a 365 tour in Kabul, Afghanistan working with the Afghan Air Force to Train Advise and Assist. This year has been one of the hardest years of my life and I know it has been very difficult on my 2 boys Giovanni (7) and Jacob (15) While dealing with this deployment, sibling separation for the past 11 months + due to different fathers and upcoming divorce and PCS, I just need a break and time to bond again with my children together. I would like to take them on a 4 day park hopper vacation to Disneyland as we have never been there and would love the time to bond with my babies. I am due home within the next few weeks. Disneyland Vacation- 4 day hopper passes for 4

Disneyland Family Vacation
United States Air Force
Currently Serving
Wish fulfilled by:
Jodi donated $20.00
Mark donated $15.00
Robert donated $10.00
Irma donated $50.00
Alejangra donated $20.00
Jason donated $10.00
Michele donated $100.00
Steven donated $10.00
Brandon donated $1.00
Christopher donated $50.00
Remainder of Wish fulfilled by the Veteran Tickets Foundation general Hero's Wish Fund..
Thank You Message From Hero:
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the kindness and Generosity. My boys and I truly appreciate the tickets and opportunity to bond together~
 


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