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Military Vets Fulfill Wish To Attend Predators Game

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. - Two special military veterans got a unique chance to attend Thursday night's Predators game. It was all thanks to the Second Wind Dreams program, which tries to find ways to grant the wishes and brighten the days of senior citizens.

At Morningside of Springfield, a local assisted-living facility, they've got a knack for making those wishes come true. That included the wish of Retired Air Force Staff Sergeant Andrew Wilson.

"One of our employees heard from a gentlemen who only moved in with us two months ago," said Morningside Executive Director Nelda Myers. "As a child he (Wilson) used to use a stick and a tin can and play hockey anywhere he could."

"When I was in Michigan I used to do a lot of ice skating and all that," Wilson said.

That's why Thursday night he and fellow resident and Army veteran Private First Class Joe Mason got the chance to go to a Predators hockey game.

"I told them I had never been," Mason said.

Soon their picture will join the dozen already on the wall, capturing wishes Second Wind Dreams have made a reality.

"It gives them a sense of belonging again," Myers said about the impact the experience has on the residents. "A sense of why I'm here."

That's especially important for Wilson, who's still coming to grips with not being able to live on his own.

"See my wife passed away here it's been about three years ago and I lived by myself," he explained. "What happened is they found me on the floor."

So this was not just about the hockey game. The staff at Morningside hopes it's a way for both veterans to feel special and feel like it's a place that cares and one they can call home.



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