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OHT is dedicated to honoring, supporting and rebuilding the lives of American service members and veterans.

There is no greater threat to our freedom than the lack of gratitude to those who provide it.

Travis Mills, SSG-Retired, Quadruple Amputee

Our history

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2007: The seeds of an idea

In 2007, OHT Founder Dot Sheehan was listening to a Boston radio station, where a trivia contest was underway. The question was: “What’s the one thing most wanted by head-wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan?”

2008: A small-town hockey beginning

OHT sprang to life in 2008, when tragedy hit Dot’s University of New Hampshire community. Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two Navy SEALs trained together, fought together and died together on Feb 4,2008.

2012: OHT turns into a national movement

OHT's brand and mission are now embraced by more than 350 colleges and universities in all 50 states, 165 high schools, 21 National Hockey League teams, 80 Minor League baseball teams, 15 NBA teams,and over 100 companies.

2018: OHT hits $1 million in Donations in 2018

Operation Hat Trick continues to generate awareness, support and funding for the recovery of America’s wounded service members and veterans.

What People Say

Operation Hat Trick is dedicated to Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two Navy SEALs who trained together, fought together and died together on Feb 4, 2008. Nate and Mike are buried side-by-side in Arlington National Cemetery.