We look forward to another year of helping our service men and women. Operation Once in a Lifetime helps on average 10 to 15 Active Duty Service Members and Veterans a day. To keep up with the latest stories of who we are helping and what we are doing, be sure to follow us on Facebook.
Operation Once in a Lifetime helped support hundreds of families during the holidays; check out the video below and see some amazing dreams that came true!
Operation Once in a Lifetime has received 696 requests from military families needing assistance for the holidays in the past 45 days. These requests range from Active Duty Service Members; Veterans needing help getting home for the holidays, issues with homelessness, providing food on the table for the holidays and even pleas for toys for their children for Christmas through our “Toys for Troops” program. If you would like to help these military families needing emergency and holiday assistance, please consider making a tax deductible donation. If you would like to find out more how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicolas Checque was a Navy Seal serving with the elite Seal Team Six and gave his life in attempt to rescue an American Doctor taken hostage in Afghanistan in 2012. His favorite team was the Pittsburgh Steelers and this past Sunday, Operation Once in a Lifetime was able to honor his memory at the Steelers game on the field with his family and fellow Service Members present. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Here is what his mom had to say: “Thank you for a beautiful outstanding weekend. We’ve been blessed to have gotten an amazing chance to meet good people & enjoy spending time with you all. It was above beyond anything I could have imagined. It was a blessing I’ll always cherish & will never forget!” – Sandi
The Baltimore Ravens reached out to Operation Once in a Lifetime about creating a special memory for 5 deserving Soldiers. Just days before the Soldiers were to attend the game they lost 3 of their brothers in Afghanistan, and we were able to make sure they were there in spirit and not forgotten.
Operation Once in a Lifetime and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show teamed up to make a very special wish come true by flying a sailor home from Bahrain to surprise his sister who had nobody to walk her down the aisle.
In the past 3 months, Operation Once in a Lifetime has received over 500 requests from Military Veterans in need, totaling over 1.3 million dollars in requested help. Many of these requests were to help to prevent homelessness, help with food, and help keep utilities on and more.
Every one of these Veterans are struggling and in need of assistance and guidance and many of these Veterans were referred to us from other organizations because they did not either qualify for their programs or they were out of funding.
Veteran Suicide is a true epidemic and the fact that over 20 Veterans take their lives each day is a tragedy. For 7 years, Operation Once in a Lifetime has helped hundreds of Veterans thinking of suicide by supporting their immediate needs as well as providing guidance and mentorship to ensure they are on a path of success in the civilian community.
The reason why Operation Once in a Lifetime receives so many requests is because we open our doors to all Honorable Veterans. Our core mission is making dreams and wishes come true but we realize that there are practical wishes too. If you don’t have food, what would you wish for? If you are A COMBAT Veteran, struggling to find work and you cannot provide for your family, are you more prone to suicide? ABSOLUTELY! To help stop
this epidemic we must first fix the immediate need and then the long term need.