Our first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, founded in 2006, aims to honors the goals and desires of service members and veterans who were severely wounded in the line of duty. Their wishes—whether adaptive equipment, recreational tools, family bonding experiences or more—fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors.
Since the inception of the A Warrior’s Wish program, over 180 wishes have been granted , and 20 wishes will be awarded throughout 2018. During July, we will be sharing 20 stories highlighting the impact granted wishes have on our veterans and military families!
Day 8: A Warrior’s Wish| Stories of Restored HOPE: Specialist Christopher Long (Below)
How To Apply For A Warrior’s Wish
- Apply for Services on Hope For The Warriors website
- Complete assessment with Intake Services Coordinator and confirm eligibility
- Build your A Warrior’s Wish package by providing the following documentation
- Proof of service
- Proof of combat injury
- Letter of recommendation from a treating physician
- Essay explaining your wish
The A Warrior’s Wish Application period is August 1st to December 1st.
Help us making wishes come true!
Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Vaughn
After serving in the United States Army for seven years, Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Vaughn medically retired as a result of gunshot injuries he sustained during a combat tour in Iraq. He has since settled into his new normal with his wife and three children just near the shores of eastern Texas. As part of his recovery and transition to civilian life, Vaughn is wishing for a fishing kayak to spend quality time on the water – a place where he feels at peace.
Specialist Christopher Long
Injuries he sustained as a result of a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attack, while serving in Iraq, left Army Specialist Christopher Long with more than physical scars when he was honorably discharged in 2004. Long also lost a mentor and friend during that same deployment and has since been on a journey of recovery, working though symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder through therapy programs with other veterans and his favorite pastime, hiking and camping. He wishing for a pull-behind camper to find HOPE and healing and create unforgettable memories with his family while enjoying the great outdoors.
Corporal Daniel Hanson
After losing 18 Marines from his unit in an ambush during deployment in Iraq, he returned home only with enough time to focus on his next tour in Afghanistan. While training, Corporal Daniel Hanson injured his back during a time-release propelling exercise. Upon healing from the accident and focusing on the mission at hand, Hanson deployed to Afghanistan and faced more tragedy when he lost a close friend to a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack. Before medically retiring in 2009, Daniel returned to Iraq for his final deployment. The physical and emotional impact of the events that occurred during his deployments and training left Daniel with pain and grief that he continues to work through rehabilitation and therapeutic activities. He wishes for a pull-behind camper to once again enjoy the outdoors and make new memories with his family as they establish their new normal, lasting memories like the one he had while camping with his parents as a child.