Veterans returning from combat with visible and invisible injuries too often find they don’t have everything they need to rebuild their lives.
Operation Hat Trick bridges the gaps separating wounded service members and veterans from essential equipment, specialized services, and the recovery that lies beyond. Our work and your generosity are about one thing: NEED!
- Operation Hat Trick has donated over $600,000 to organizations that support its mission.
- Organizations like Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,Veterans Count, the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Travis Mills Foundation,Liberty House,Project Sanctuary, Semper Fi Fund and the Yellow Ribbon Fund,Homes for Our Troops,Johnson County Veterans Affairs,Hidden Wounds,Adaptive Training Foundation,Canine Companions for Independence,among others have all benefited from Operation Hat Trick donations. (See the full list on the DONATE NOW page)
- OHT has supported everything from buying a custom bow for an injured sharp shooter with a severe shoulder injury,to providing shoes for prosthetic legs,to providing therapeutic mattresses for those with spinal injuries,to providing airfare for family members who rush to be at their loved one’s side after an injury,to building a cabin at a camp for recovering veterans.
- We’ve been able to grow significantly every year,vastly increasing the impact your support has on the lives of men and women who answered the call of military duty.
- The veteran suicide rate is at 22 per day
- 1 in 5 combat veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD-over 540,000 since 9/11
- Based on a study of 675,000 combat veterans,39% are abusing alcohol or narcotics
- HUD estimates over 39,000 veterans are homeless with 1.2 million at risk for homelessness
- 453,000 9/11 veterans were unemployed in 2016
- Only 4.5% of more than 3.6 million 9/11 veterans own or operate a business-compared to 49.7% of WWII veterans and 40% of Korean veterans
Their need is constant and support can be uneven. Operation Hat Trick is committed to making a difference in their lives by engaging with more donors and partners.
What People Say about Operation Hat Trick
- I can only say one thing and that is AWESOME … I am amazed at what you have put together for wounded soldiers. Just a wrought iron vision for you … I remember when I got wounded and I was getting a quilt that was sewn together by an old patriotic woman who belonged to a church in Indiana. I have no words to describe what it’s like to receive something that was given from an American to a wounded soldier who is sitting in a hospital bed feeling helpless. It truly is beyond comprehension.
— SEAL teammate of Nate and Mike —
- If it wasn’t for Operation Hat Trick,we wouldn’t be where we are today. When you first met Travis at Walter Reed and then visited his first camp,you were the first and only ones at the time who gave us legitimate hope that building a retreat for Veterans was going to work. You were also the first to donate legitimate money to help us get the project off the ground. So here we are today at this beautiful retreat in Maine with Veterans and their families thanks to your believing in us.”
— Lynn Harvey, Executive Director, Travis Mills Foundation —
- Old Dominion University is extremely honored and proud to be in consideration for the Operation Hat Trick Excellence in Service Award. With close to 25% of ODU’s campus community associated with the U.S. Military or enrolled as students,we believe that giving back to those who protect us is an imperative responsibility. Thank You to Operation Hat Trick and their licensed partners for helping to bring awareness to campuses across the country to help wounded and recovering service members and veterans”
— Jim Clanton, Director of Licensing, Old Dominion University —
- Words cannot express what your help has done for me and my family. I am not use to asking for help,but you put my fears to peace…that brings tears to my eyes and I now have hope in my heart. I hope I can pass on to another veteran,the hope that Mac-v and OHT have given to me. I will carry a memory of you in my heart.”
— Veteran helped by the Minnesota Assistance Council(Mac-v) for Veterans in Duluth, MN —
- The University of Oklahoma is committed to honoring the men and women who bravely serve our country and participating in Operation Hat Trick is one way we can fulfill that promise. We are honored to be chosen as Finalist for the OHT Excellence in Service Award and look forward to seeing the impact the donation will undoubtedly have on the Warrior For Freedom Foundation
— Candace Stimmel, Director, Trademark Licensing, University of Oklahoma —
- Your generous donation has allowed me to quit worrying about how to finish paying for my service dog and focus on the training that will allow him to help me reintegrate back into society! Thank you so much for giving me this piece of mind!
— Steve, a veteran who suffers from PTSD and can’t work, on receiving his much needed service dog thanks in part to OHT’s donation —
- It continues to be a joy and an honor to partner with Operation Hat Trick to support those who choose to serve our country. When you become aware of these warriors and their great need,there is NO other choice than to take action. We are so grateful for Operation Hat Trick’s servant leadership in this way and are proud to serve alongside them in this great endeavor.
— Cole Price, Director of Licensing, University of Alabama —
- Your support, totaling $20,000, over the past four years, has helped the Semper Fi Fund to grow and evolve our programs to meet the changing needs of our service members and their families.
— Karen Guenther, President, Executive Director and Founder, Semper Fi Fund —
- We are very honored to be recognized for a very collaborative effort by Boise State’s Veteran Services, Bronco Shop and Trademark Licensing Office In promotion of Operation Hat Trick and its work. We are very proud that Idaho Veterans Garden is the recipient of the generous donation from OHT.
— Rachael Bickerton, Director of Trademark Licensing, Boise State University —
- Ma’am, you’ve almost made me feel normal today.
— Severely burned patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center upon receiving an OHT hat —
- The day in Washington was the best I’ve spent in all my years as an academic administrator. It was inspiring.
— Mark Huddleston, University of New Hampshire President, after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD —
- Support from Operation Hat Trick has been invaluable to the growth and development of our Veterans Services program. OHT has helped us at every turn,whether we needed funds to custom design a piece of equipment for a specific Veteran need or helped expand our overall program capacity. OHT has been there for us and in my mind they are a vital part of our success.”
— Jill Gravink – Director, Northeast Passage —
- Thank you very much for being a sponsor to Project Sanctuary. As a 10-year Navy man, it is so nice to see that organizations like OHT still care about us. It meant a great deal to me and my family to come out here and not be a “military family” for a few days. Thank you again so much!
— The Creech family —
- Thank you Operation Hat Trick for giving Michigan State University the opportunity to partner with an incredible organization. Michigan State is proud to co-brand and increase awareness and support for OHT and the military organizations you support. This is an easy program to get on board with since OHT and ’47 Brand make it so easy for our retailers to participate. Our fans were very excited to support the program this past year and we look forward to a long partnership going forward.
— Samantha Stevens, Michigan State University Director of Licensing —
- The work you’ve done to mobilize young people on behalf of veterans and wounded service members is truly inspiring and I look forward to following your efforts as they continue to grow.
— President Bill Clinton —
- I was the individual who had stated that this experience was on the top of my bucket list… and it was everything, and more, that I thought it would be. Never before had I seen whales in their natural habitat, it was truly remarkable. I owe you, as well as Operation Hat Trick, a great deal of gratitude. Thank you for all you do and continue to do for Veterans.
— A Vermont veteran thanking Northeast Passage and Operation Hat Trick —
- The trip alone being out and free on the water with Vets was powerful. But to see some of the most hardcore men you will ever meet “oh” and “aww” at whales really brought a new perspective to life with “disability”.
— A Vermont veteran thanking Northeast Passage and Operation Hat Trick —