ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two wounded warriors had the chance of a lifetime at the Bills home opener, they got to tailgate with Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Kelly attended Sunday’s tailgate and took time to honor the men and women who fight to protect our country.
Veteran Shaun Castle said, “He's my childhood hero. My childhood idol, so the fact that he was signing my football for me and everything, I’m just mind blown away. It's unbelievable.”
Kelly said, “Words can't describe how thankful everybody here, including myself are for everything they do each and every day and put their lives on the line. Every single minute of the day while we're over here enjoying things like the NFL.”
Co-founders of the non-profit Operation Warrior Wishes, Matt and Craig Steichen, put the meet and greet together. Their organization’s goal is to honor veterans and wounded warriors by giving them a memorable experience at all 32 NFL stadiums in one year.
Veterans Shaun Castle and Ed Guldin were chosen for Sunday’s game. They traveled hundreds of miles for this. Their courageous journey fighting for our country is unparalleled.
Guldin recalls the day he was hurt in the line of duty. He still has the physical wounds from that day, his legs were amputated.
Castle says days like this are extra special. He has also grown to love the simple everyday activities as well.
Castle said, “As long as you're waking up it's a good day. So get out there and do it. Like I said I train for the Paralympics, and two years ago I would never have dreamed of doing any of it. “
The Buffalo Bills gave the veterans free tickets to the game and field passes. Operation Warrior Wishes is trying to raise $1 million to give back to veterans organizations. It will help them build homes and provide education to vets.
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