Make-A-Wish® Acknowledges the Armed Forces for Being Heroes to Wish Kids

Jul 1, 2015 2:00 PM ET

Members of the armed forces are heroes—not only for their commitment to serving our country abroad—but for what they do domestically to support children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Each year, Make-A-Wish® grants numerous military-related wishes on military bases nationwide. Whether the wish kid wants to be a Navy Blue Angel or fly in an F-16 Viper, members of the military go above and beyond their call of duty to make the kid’s wish come true.

Jorge, a 5-year-old with retinoblastoma, told Make-A-Wish that his one true wish was to be a marine. His wish experience took him and his family to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was sworn in as a general for the day, participated in simulation exercises, rode in assault vehicles, took an army boxing lesson and rode in a helicopter.

“He’s just a brave little guy, full of life and energy,” said Sgt. Daniel Mullis, a formal marksmanship training course instructor.

Service members embody strength and dedication, and through their generosity empower children to conquer their illness. Make-A-Wish thanks all current and past members of the armed forces for their service to our country and for their willingness to make wishes come true.