Granting Wishes, One Hero At A Time

By Nilaja J. Montgomery

WISH for OUR HEROES is dedicated to assisting the men and women of the United States active-duty military, and in some cases, veterans. It launched in November of 2009, in honor of 1SG Thomas G. Wells, who was a career Marine. Its founders served on active-duty, and while deployed they recognized that a serious need existed within our military ranks.

 

There were so many great charities in existence, but the majority of them focus on specific groups or categories (wounded, etc.). There were no charities that focus not only on helping military members falling into these extreme categories, but also helping the average hard-working military member going through a difficult time.


WISH for OUR HEROES saw the toll that war takes on families back home, and decided to create a charity to assist military families with basic necessities, such as food, shelter, transportation, child needs and medical expenses that are not covered. Small issues can spiral into larger issues, and larger issues can spiral into divorce or suicide, because they are compounded as a result of daily military life.


It’s no secret that military life can be tough on families. So many men and women selflessly serve our nation for little pay; some paying the ultimate sacrifice. Some are serving while dealing with the secondary effects that can tear families apart. 


WISH for OUR HEROES is here to provide resources to the military member, in order to make deployments a little easier, and improve the quality of their family’s lives while home or deployed. It started with a goal of providing one wish for every deserving military member. There are no requirements – military members simply must be on active-duty during the time that the wish is submitted. 


The priority is always to grant the basic needs or emergencies first – anything from putting food on the table to assisting with car repairs, home repairs, baby supplies, clothing, etc. When basic needs are already met, WISH for OUR HEROES enjoys providing fun things like sending the troops to athletic events, on vacation to get re-connected after deployments, meeting celebrities and more.

 

One wish that was granted was helping a soldier in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado, attend an Oakland Raiders game. Not only, did the Raider’s head coach fly this Soldier and his father out to see the game, they both received autographed team gear. The Soldier had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. A few weeks later, WISH for OUR HEROES received word that the Soldier passed away, but the family was eternally grateful for granting his dying wish.

“Being a Soldier is more than courage. It is sacrificing yourself for something greater than yourself.”

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