Army National Guard veteran receives A Warrior’s Wish a pull-behind travel trailer

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Army National Guard Sergeant Eduardo Fuentes-Bueno with his wife Carmen and daughter Inessa. (Eduardo’s youngest son, Samuel, is not pictured) For more photos please visit: https://bit.ly/2GQIUyJ

PEORIA, AZ (April 5, 2018) – Army National Guard Sergeant Eduardo Fuentes-Bueno along with his family enjoy camping trips and time spent outdoors, but due to injuries sustained in combat, tent camping is no longer an option. Thanks to Hope For The Warriors® and its A Warrior’s Wish® program Peoria-based Fuentes-Bueno and his family will now enjoy camping vacations in the comforts of a pull-behind travel trailer.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope to service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, honors the goals and desires of severely wounded service members, veterans, and their families.

Working with Hope For The Warriors, Affinity RV provided an almost $5,000 discount on the 2018 Jayco JayFlight SLX 174BH trailer.

The young family of four enjoy camping in Lake Pleasant, Arizona, where they can spend quality time enjoying paddle boarding and other outdoor activities.

“This recreational vehicle is more than a gift to just me, now my family will be able to do the activities that we enjoy together,” said Fuentes-Bueno. “Hope For The Warriors made this dream come true and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have more quality time with my family.

“I want to thank everyone who made this possible. We’re honored and happy to be part of the Hope For The Warriors family,” added Fuentes-Bueno.

In February 2007, Fuentes-Bueno enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a machine gunner. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton with 2 Battalion 4th Marines. He deployed to Burma in support of Operation Caring Response in 2008 and completed his active-duty contract in March 2011. He moved to Arizona and joined the Army National Guard in October 2011.

In January 2012, Fuentes-Bueno volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan with the 125th Infantry Battalion in Michigan. The unit was supporting combat and training operations with the Afghanistan Police in Kunduz Province. On February 26, 2012, his unit was attacked and 10 soldiers, including Fuentes-Bueno, were injured while defending their post. He was medically evacuated out and eventually transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

After rehabilitating for two years, Fuentes-Bueno medically retired from the Army in June 2014 with a Purple Heart certificate.

“After sustaining injuries while serving, many military members are no longer able to enjoy their favorite pastimes in the same manner,” said Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Therefore, we at Hope For The Warriors are excited that Eduardo and his family will now be able to continue their family camping trips in their new pull-behind travel trailer.”

In 2018, 20 wishes will be granted through Hope For The Warriors. The wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Since the program’s inception, A Warrior’s Wish has granted 182 wishes.

For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the A Warrior’s Wish program, contact Chrystal Keilers at ckeilers@hopeforthewarriors.org or (832) 776-9379.

To apply for a wish, visit hopeforthewarriors.org/story/19331538/a-warriors-wish and register online.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors and A Warrior’s Wish, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

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About Hope For The Warriors: 

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 182 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.