HAMPTON, N.H. (May 15, 2019) – Operation Hat Trick, a nonprofit that supports the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of its branded merchandise, recently made a donation to three organizations dedicated to supporting service members and veterans. Those three organizations are Northeast Passage, Purple Heart Homes Colorado Front Range Chapter, and Team Red, White and Blue.
The donations will be used in many different ways, including assisting with filling gaps in critical care, supporting athletic programs, and providing assistance, housing and other necessities for service members and veterans with visible and invisible injuries sustained in service to our country.
Operation Hat Trick began in 2008 in honor of two fallen Navy SEALS, Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, who are buried next to each other at Arlington National Cemetery. The nonprofit works with colleges and universities, sports leagues, companies and fans across the U.S. to honor active-duty military and veterans through the sale of its branded merchandise.
“Operation Hat Trick is honored to be able provide support to all of these organizations,” said Dot Sheehan, founder, president/CEO of Operation Hat Trick. “Our mission is to support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans, so these organizations fit perfectly.”
Since 2014, Operation Hat Trick has donated over $1.2 million to various veteran service organizations to support the recovery of service members and veterans.
For more information on these organizations, visit the links below. For more information on Operation Hat Trick, visit operationhattrick.org.
About Northeast Passage:
The mission of Northeast Passage is to create an environment where individuals with disabilities can enjoy recreation with the same freedom of choice, quality of life, and independence as their non-disabled peers.
They do this by developing, delivering, and evaluating innovative barrier-free recreation and health promotion programs. Their guiding principles are promoting client independence through education and problem solving, creating opportunities, and collaborating with others to create a strong network of accessible recreation.
Northeast Passage has successfully offered this program (PATH – Promoting Access Transition & Health™) since 1998. Initially designed as a research study, the project was designed to decrease the incidence of secondary conditions, improve adjustment to disability and functional independence for individuals with new spinal cord injuries. Positive outcomes from that study led to fee for service contracts with the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan through Martin’s Point headquartered in Portland, ME and the Veterans Administration in Manchester, NH.
Northeast Passage strives to create an open and welcoming environment for Veterans in all of their programs and Veterans and Active Duty Service Members from all eras and of all ability levels are encouraged to participate in this program. Most options are provided at no cost to Veterans & Members of the Armed Forces through funding from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Operation Hat Trick and local organizations.
For more information, visit http://nepassage.org/.
Purple Heart Homes is a 501(c)3 public charity that was founded in 2008 by John Gallina and Dale Beatty, two combat wounded Veterans. After being injured in Iraq in 2004, they returned to their community and received a warm welcome and grateful appreciation for their service.
Purple Heart Homes is dedicated to providing housing for Service Connected Disabled and Aging Veterans that is substantial in function, design, and quality fit to welcome home the fighting men and women of America.
OHT has worked with the Golden Corner chapter in South Carolina, and is now working with the Colorado Front Range Chapter to provide assistance in the Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, CO area.
For more information, visit https://purplehearthomesusa.org/get-connected/.
About Team Red, White and Blue:
Team Red, White and Blue’s goal is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
They define enrichment as creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall well-being. The concept of enrichment consists of three core components—health, people, and purpose—that comprise a rich life.
Health: Creating frequent opportunities for team members to connect through fitness, sports, and recreation to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
People: Creating authentic connections (defined as genuine, quality, supportive relationships that generate mutual trust and accountability), reflected in an increased number of close relationships and improvements in teammates’ sense of belonging, purpose, and community engagement.
Purpose: Engaging members in meaningful team and community-based experiences such as leadership and service that, beyond physical and social activities, renew self-identity and purpose in life.
They accomplish their mission via their two core programs: their Chapter and Community Program and their Eagle Leadership Development Program. OHT is helping RWB’s new Eagle Start Up program with funding for two veterans to participate in the program.
For more information, visit https://www.teamrwb.org/.