Release Courtesy Utah State
Utah State University will honor Cache Valley veterans during its “Salute to Service” football game Saturday, Nov. 18.
As part of the celebration, USU has partnered with Operation Hat Trick (OHT) and local vendor Locker 42, to sell merchandise featuring a camouflage design paired with the American flag. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Cache Valley Veterans Association and, in addition, Operation Hat Trick is providing a donation of $3,500 to the organization with a check presented by USU Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell during the game.
“Operation Hat Trick is honored to be able to make a donation to the Cache Valley Veterans Association,” said Dot Sheehan, OHT founder and director. “Through our partnership with Utah State University, we became aware of the need at the Cache Valley Veterans Association and since OHT is interested in filling some critical gaps in care for those recovering from visible and invisible wounds, this was a natural fit. We particularly like to support at the local level.”
Merchandise goes on sale Saturday, Nov. 11, at both Locker 42 locations in downtown Logan and North Logan. Items will also be available at USU football game.
The Utah State University Aggies take on Hawai’i Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., in Maverik Stadium. The public may also purchase discount tickets to be donated to military personnel, veterans and their families at utahstateaggies.com/ticketpromos with the code, SEATSFORSOLDIERS17.
“This donation gets us one step closer to opening our Veterans Resource Center here in Logan, and we are so grateful to the support we have received from Operation Hat Trick and Utah State University,” said Phil Redlinger, of the Cache Valley Veterans Association. “We will now be able to increase our services for veterans, not only in Cache Valley, but also in the Box Elder, Franklin and Rich County areas.”
Operation Hat Trick was born at the University of New Hampshire to memorialize Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two U.S. Navy SEALs who were killed in action in Iraq in 2008. The original initiative was focused on producing collegiate caps provided to soldiers that suffered head injuries. Today, the OHT program has evolved into a national initiative to provide branded merchandise as a way to raise money for veterans. There are currently 27 universities across the country, including USU, who participate in the program.
For more information about Operation Hat Trick, visit http://operationhattrick.org/.