Jared Smith serves his country as a combat medic in the Army Reserves. He is also a husband, father of four young children, and a full-time student at Wichita State University. He is also the President of the Student Veteran Organization. Jared is excelling as a pre-med student and is almost finished with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. When Jared’s wife was in the hospital having their fourth child, Jared’s backpack was left on the kitchen counter and then accidentally pushed onto the stovetop.  One of his children turned on the stovetop. Fortunately, there was no fire. However, Jared’s backpack and the laptop inside didn’t survive. Purchasing a new laptop just wasn’t a financial possibility for the young family. Thankfully, Soldier’s Wish and Subway partnered to provide Jared with a new laptop. Now he can finish his final year in school without the worry of a financial burden. His hard work and sacrifice are appreciated by us all.  ...

Mike Witherwax has served a Marine. He is also a student at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is dedicated to his schooling and his education. Unfortunately for Witherwax, his computer broke. His computer was the way that he completed his school work, and without it, his studies would have been very difficult—if not impossible—to accomplish.  Soldier’s Wish and Subway stepped in to provide this soldier with a new computer so that he can do his studies. Now he is back on track. We thank Witherwax for his service and wish him well in his educational pursuits.  ...

Keeland Joubert serves his country as a National Guardsman in Louisiana. He is also a student at McNeese State University. He was recommended to Soldier’s Wish by The American Legion. His education is top priority in his life. Earlier this year, Joubert’s computer broke. Financially speaking, it would be impossible for him to replace the computer that is so vital to his studies. He was left without help and facing a daunting educational future. Fortunately for this soldier, Soldier’s Wish and Subway stepped in to help. We provided him with a new computer for his studies, and now he is equipped to succeed. Thank you to this soldier for his service. We wish you well with your future!  ...

Becky Drown is a Gold Star Mother. Her son was killed in the Marines in 2016 when two military helicopters flew into each other off the coast of Hawaii. She had her son’s truck to remember him by, and she was devastated when it started having problems. She needed the truck to drive to Oklahoma City to fill out paperwork for a new job, but the truck’s heat wouldn’t work in the middle of winter. Soldier’s Wish stepped in and partnered this grieving mother with Bill Knight Ford to fix the truck. They were so touched by the story that they agreed to do it at a very discounted price, and Soldier’s Wish gladly covered the remaining amount. This mother gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country, and we are so proud to be able to help.  ...

  Lynn Davis served as a Marine during the Vietnam War. He now lives in Pryor, Oklahoma and has limited mobility and is bound to a wheelchair. Mr. Davis was referred to us by Senator James Lankford’s office. Mr. Davis was a stroke victim, and was facing problems of not being able to leave or enter his house due to a lack of wheelchair ramps.  Soldier’s Wish invited this brave man to our annual Steak and Cigar Dinner to recognize him and to also present him with the gift of ramps for his new home. We helped raise money to pay contractors to build three ramps in his house. We thank Mr. Davis for his service to our country.  ...

In 2008, Romy Camargo and his squad mates in the 7th Special Forces Group were ambushed in Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Camargo was hit in the neck by a bullet, leaving him completely paralyzed. His extensive injuries required multiple surgeries, and even after Romy began his recovery, doctors did not expect him to be able to breathe on his own. Never one to give up, CWO Camargo attacked his rehab with the warrior spirit he demonstrated on the battlefield. Today, in addition to being off the ventilator and moving on with his life, he and his wife have started an organization working with other paralyzed and injured veterans to overcome the injuries they have suffered. Soldier’s Wish found out that CWO Camargo had borrowed a track chair and used it for a few days and really enjoyed it. But because of his paralysis, he was not able to operate the controls. Instead, he had his young son sit in his lap and steer.  We provided Romy with a specially modified track chair that will allow him to steer by moving his head. This will allow him to once again go to the beach with his family and take back control of an important part of his life. The many friends of Soldier’s Wish made it possible for us to honor this Hero in this special way.  ...

Officer Hank Guilfoyle served in the USMC from 2002-2006. In 2010, he joined the Skiatook Police Department and graduated from the CLEET Basic Academy in March 2011. Hank Guilfoyle was nominated for a wish by a beneficiary of his kindness. Late on night, Office Guilfoyle happened upon the scene where a vehicle was disabled due to a blown tire. his heart for helping others was discovered that night. Hank continues to serve as he is starting a program to take disabled veterans on turkey hunts to give them back joy that has been taken from them due to various circumstances. Soldier's Wish honored Hero Hank Guilfoyle for National "Thank a Police Officer Day," as well as his service for our country in the U.S. Marines.  ...

Like many young boys whose father serves in the military, Spencer looked up to his dad a great deal.  He wanted to be just like him. When his dad, Asbury F. Hawn, deployed to Afghanistan, Spencer waited every day for his father to return.  But Spencer’s dad didn’t come home. One awful day his mother had to sit down with her son and explain to him that his Daddy had given his life in the service of his country and was never coming home. As time passed, Spencer became more withdrawn and coping with his father’s loss was more difficult. Because Spencer had dreamed of visiting Legoland with his father, his mom contacted Soldier’s Wish and requested our help.  Soldier’s Wish is proud to help the family of one of our fallen heroes by taking Spencer and his brother, Jonathan, on a trip to get them out of their normal environment and help with the healing process.  ...

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.  ...