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Operation Hat Trick raises awareness and support for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of OHT branded merchandise,proceeds of which are donated to selected organizations that fulfill the OHT mission.

OHT fills some of the gaps in care,”white space”, that the government or other agencies do not cover,for war wounded as they return from the battlefield to resume their lives in their communities. Their wounds may be visible or invisible and no need is too small.

This blog will give you information and recount stories of our journey to help those in need. Our most recent blog will appear on this page with archived blogs available below.

February 1, 2018

February is #NeverForget Month at OHT in Honor of Nate Hardy and Mike Koch

By Dot Sheehan

“There is no greater threat to our freedom than the lack of gratitude to those who provide it” – Travis Mills-SSG-Retired quadruple amputee

February is #NeverForget month at OHT where all month we will honor the memory of Navy SEALs Nate Hardy and Mike Koch-to whom OHT is dedicated. Nate and Mike were killed in Iraq on Feb 4,2008. This is the 10th anniversary of the death. In an effort to #NeverForget, OHT will be featuring blogs and posting on social media to give you more insight into these two young men and encouraging you to ALWAYS remember – and to either make a purchase or donation to OHT or get involved in giving back to your military community. It is up to US to #NeverForget and engage in giving back to those in need.

On Feb 3,2008, Nate and Mike were excited about watching the Super Bowl where the Giants would play the Patriots. Nate was especially excited because he was from NH and a Pats fan. Then came the call-the call that would send them on a secret mission to clear an Al Quaeda house of Taliban. Their plans to watch the Super Bowl would not happen. The house was not empty as they had anticipated and a firefight ensued killing both Nate and Mike. It was now Feb 4.

On this Feb 4, the 10th anniversary of their death, the Patriots are once again playing in the Super Bowl vs the Eagles.

As Nate and Mike would make their way back to the United States for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Mike’s brother, Matt, who was in the Air Force, was called upon to accompany their bodies back to American soil. Can you even imagine what that must have been like for him? Matt, Nate, and Mike alone in the back of a transport – it must have been a VERY long ride home.

So it’s only fitting that OHT is dedicating the month of February in Nate’s and Mike’s honor – and to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country. Watch for ways you can win the featured OHT/’47 limited edition commemorative hat honoring Nate and Mike. Details will be given on this site as well as through social media at Facebook (@OperationHatTrick) and Instagram at @supportoht.

Your purchase of product or making a donation at are very much appreciated. Together we can make a difference in the lives of those wounded service members and veterans struggling to recover from their visible and invisible injuries.



Dot Sheehan
Operation Hat Trick

Travis Mills Foundation
OHT/’47 limited edition commemorative hat honoring Nate and Mike

Founder’s Blog Archive

February 1, 2018 – February is #NeverForget Month at OHT in Honor of Nate Hardy and Mike Koch
December 21, 2017 – Holidays Are The Perfect Time To Remember And Give Thanks
December 17, 2017 – Sig Sauer Extends Its Commitment To OHT
October 13, 2017 – A Weekend At The Ranch
September 18, 2017 – An Afternoon Remembering Vietnam
August 22, 2017 – Seeing The Travis Mills Foundation Retreat Firsthand
July 11, 2017 – Semper Fi Fund – One Of Many
June 26, 2017 – Oh, What A Day!!!
March 20, 2017 – Don’t Miss Seeing Where OHT Has Made A Donation
March 6, 2017 – Our Visit To Walter Reed Part II
February 19, 2017 – Our First Walter Reed Trip
January 24, 2017 – OHT At The Sports Licensing And Tailgate Show In Las Vegas
January 5, 2016 – A Year In Review
December 12, 2016 – Helping One Service Member/Veteran At A Time
November 28, 2016 – Being Thankful
November 10, 2016 – The Beginning

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