Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on August 26, 2013 in a ceremony at the White House. Staff Sgt. Carter is being honored for his actions during an assault by more than 400 enemy soldiers on Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, along with his fellow Soldiers, defended the small combat outpost against rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons fire coming from the surrounding hills.  Of the 54 members who defended the position, eight Soldiers were killed and more than 25 were injured. Major Stoney Portis contacted Soldier’s Wish and asked if we could make a wish come true for some very special soldiers.  Cody Floyd, who was wounded in the COP Keating battle and awarded the Purple Heart, along with Kyce Holmes, bravely fought alongside Carter  in Afghanistan. It was the wish of all three of these heroes to be reunited at the presentation of America’s highest award, however, they did not have the funds to do so.  Soldier’s Wish is proud to grant the wish of these three great American Heroes.  ...

The Battalion | THEBATT.com | By Matthew Jacobs     Veterans Resource Center teams up with Soldier’s Wish, Subway Aggies once again rose up to take care of one of their own two weeks ago in helping to cover the costs of housing damage for a veteran student and his family.   Texas A&M junior Kevin Jensen, a Purple Heart recipient who was injured while serving in the Army in Afghanistan, experienced thousands of dollars in damage last year to the home he shares with his wife and three children. The Texas A&M University Veteran Resource and Support Center worked with the veteran foundation Soldier’s Wish and local Subway restaurants to give a gift of $5,000 to Jensen and his family toward repairing their home. In April of 2016, Jensen’s home was hit with Houston’s “Tax Day flood,” during which the rainfall in the Cypress area broke October 1994, October 1998 and April 2009 flood levels according to Space City Weather. During the flood, Jensen’s family experienced extensive water damage to the roof of their 3,700 square-foot home, and his wife and three children were relocated to temporary housing. “After the house was destroyed, the insurance denied our claim,” Jensen said. “At this point we have started rebuilding our home … I have been personally commuting three hours a day to continue my schooling at TAMU due to being relocated so far from the campus.” Col. Jerry Smith of the Texas A&M University Veterans Resource and Support Center said the needs of Jensen and his family fell outside the resource center’s ability to help with campus resources, but just a few hours after Jensen described his situation, a Soldier’s Wish Foundation volunteer called. “Jensen … was in my office a couple of weeks ago. It got to a point where they just weren’t going to have enough financial resources to keep doing this on their own,” Smith said. “It wasn’t but a few hours later and this gentleman named Mark Ochsenbein called and said Soldier’s Wish is partnered with Subway and they are looking to help some wishes come true.” According to their website, the goal of the Soldier’s Wish Foundation is to identify unmet needs of veterans and provides resources to meet those needs so veterans can live a normal and productive lives. “We meet the needs of our service members — whatever service they’re in. They can be veterans or on active duty,” Ochsenbein said. “Soldier’s Wish and Subway teamed up to raise funds for our veterans and our military personnel. Because I know the education system, I knew that there is typically a Veteran Affairs office [on college campuses] … and I contacted Col. Jerry Smith’s office.” Jensen said the donation will have a huge impact on his family’s efforts to rebuild. “The money that we were given by Soldier’s Wish and Subway … is a tremendous help as we try and get back into our home. There is so much that needs to be done and this money will help us get closer in the end,” Jensen said.  ...

Master Sergeant (MSG) George Vera was briefly in the 101st Airborne, then  went through Special Forces training. Over the next decade, more than 10 deployments around the globe saw him on the front lines of the battle for freedom. During his fifth deployment to Afghanistan, MSG Vera was attached to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. In the first week of August 2015, a group of insurgents attempted to overrun the camp where he was assigned. At the end of the hour and a half long gun battle, MSG Vera was shot four times suffering a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After extensive and repeated surgeries, MSG Vera continues his rehabilitation. Thanks to patriotic supporters, Soldier’s Wish was able to partner with Rocket Mobility to give MSG Vera an all-terrain tracked wheelchair at the Tree Town Festival in Forest City, Iowa, in May of 2016.  The all-terrain tracked wheelchair will allow MSG Vera to continue the  outdoor activities he loves so much. We cannot replace what he lost, but together we can give him something to look forward to as he continues his rehabilitation program  ...

Eddie Beesley was not even 20 years old when a landmine explosion in Vietnam claimed the use of both his legs. Since that time, Eddie has become an advocate for other injured soldiers, sharing much of his time and his musical talent with his fellow veterans. Writing and recording music helped keep Eddie going after his injury, but he felt his reach could be farther, to help even more wounded heroes. We stepped in and joined forces with The Oak Ridge Boys to help Eddie reach those fellow heroes he previously could not. Eddie wanted to help other wounded heroes overcome the pain of the past through the power of music. Now he can.  ...

2LT Edward Baldwin was critically injured in an accident that claimed the use of his arm and a leg, as well as the life of the girl he has raised since birth. Confined to a wheelchair, Ed’s life became increasingly bleak, as his family’s home was not wheelchair-accessible. Facing an inevitable and expensive move, the Baldwins started to lose faith after already losing so much. Soldier’s Wish, with the help of countless volunteers, stepped in to restore hope to the Baldwins' lives by renovating their home to accommodate Ed’s wheelchair. We have helped a family that was once shattered to put the pieces back together again. The steps to their house that once posed an obstacle are an obstacle no more  ...

Almost thirty years of service in the Army have taken a heavy toll on MSG Christian McIntosh. Chris has endured many combat injuries during his time in Special Operations and is now in the process of medical retirement.  In addition to the toll that service takes on military families, the McIntoshs were dealt another blow when Chris's wife, Susanna, suffered a serious work injury. The accident broke both of her legs, and faced her with the possibility of amputation. Even worse, the accident cut their already struggling income by two-thirds. As if this was not enough for any family to endure, their family was shattered in June of 2015 when Chris and Susanna's eighteen-year-old son was shot and killed. The mounting bills and expenses, the reduced income, and their great loss left the family hanging on for dear life. At the Soldier’s Wish annual Night of Honor, Chris and Susanna were presented with a Wish for $7,500.00 to make much needed repairs to their Jeep, as well as to install a chairlift that allows Susanna access to the second floor of their home without the assistance of someone else. By giving back to this courageous family in this small way, all of the friends and supporters of Soldier's Wish are expressing their gratitude and appreciation for Chris's service, and for the many sacrifices he and his family have made over the years.  ...

An IED explosion in Afghanistan stole Legrand’s legs, but not his spirit. He dreamed of driving the 1964 Chevy Impala replica he and his father worked together to rebuild. The dream car sat dormant ...

Our hero, Sgt. Kevin B. Balduf of Nashville, Tennessee wanted to be a soldier since he was in elementary school—watching military movies with his twin brother, Kyle and dressing in camo clothing. He was assigned to 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Kevin served in Iraq and was in his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed on May 12th in Helmand province, Afghanistan at the age of 27. He received the Bronze Star for bravery during his first deployment. Kevin is survived by his wife and two young daughters. In honor of Kevin’s ultimate sacrifice, we pay tribute to his life by granting a wish to his mother, Jenny Newsom.  Jenny adores her grandchildren, who live in Maine, and Soldier’s Wish is grateful to arrange a special visit with them....

Soldier’s Wish has stepped forward to assist the family of Marine Corporal Armando Torres who continues to be held captive in Mexico since his kidnapping in May. We have received more requests to help the Torres family than for any other individual in the history of Soldier’s Wish. This story has really struck a chord in the hearts of those who love and appreciate the sacrifices made by the members of our Armed Forces. We are delighted to help the Torres family in every way we can as they wait for the safe return of this American hero.  At the family’s request, Soldier’s Wish has raised awareness in Congress about this terrible situation and assisted Corporal Torres’ mother by flying her to Texas to help her daughter-in-law care for the children during this difficult period of waiting.  ...

On May 20, 2013 SGT EH Pittman - knowing a massive storm was bearing down on the town of Moore, Oklahoma and the 7-Eleven where he worked - arrived to work early concerned for the safety and well-being of his coworkers. After realizing that his store was in the direct path of an F5 tornado, he knew that there was no time to evacuate his 3 coworkers and 4 customers (including a woman and her baby). SGT Pittman took immediate action that would save lives. He guided everyone into the restroom and unto the floor, where he covered some of them with his own body - serving as a shield - and held on to others serving as an anchors. The walls and roof caved in on then from the direct hit to the store.  SGT Pittman's heroic measures saved lives in the store that day, but not without a price. He received great bodily injury, including a puncture near his spine and numerous contusions and deep lacerations. SGT Pittman's resilience and hope for the future exemplifies the spirit of a warrior.  SGT Pittman's heroism and disregard for his own well-being in the face of extreme danger saved lives that day. Soldier's Wish and Central National Bank have awarded SGT Pittman with $5,000 to help meet his immediate needs.  ...