Help CHANGE the lives of our troops and and law enforcement by participating in #ALittleGoesALongWay campaign in our attempt to set a new World Record for the most loose change (pennies, dimes, quarters, etc.) donated to charity. The proceeds from this campaign will benefit not just Veterans but law enforcement by helping Police Officers cover travel expenses so they can visit the funerals of their fallen brothers.


HOW IT WORKS: Operation Once in a Lifetime has businesses across America collecting loose change that you can drop off during their business hours. Our largest collection point will be the Support Your Troops Resale Center located at 221 W Parker Rd #560 Plano Texas 75023. These businesses will be collecting loose change until September 11, 2016 when they will cash in the collected coins and report the amounts raised to Operation Once in a Lifetime.

To find the location nearest you, follow this link.

If you are not near one of these locations and still want to participate or become a collection center you can email staff@operationonceinalifetime.com for details.

LAST DAY: Operation Once in a Lifetime is wanting to turn in all the donated change on September 1, 2016 and will provide the record breaking attempt September 11th.

WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO DONATE: If you want to just make a tax deductible donation you can visit our Current Needs page and refer to “Current Need One” to make your tax deductible donation towards helping our troops and law enforcement.


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OOIAL Overview

Operation Once in a Lifetime take 30 Veterans to Arlington National Cemetery for the very first time.

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Our Biggest Undertaking Ever!

We are taking 50 Veterans, who have never been before, to Arlington National Cemetery this May to visit their fallen brothers and sisters who paid the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE!

Operation Once in a Lifetime started our newest program last year which we named our “Closure Program”. We kicked off this initiative by taking SSG Kody Garnhart to Arlington National Cemetery to visit his best friend who was killed while they were deployed together.

What most people don’t realize is when you lose a Battle Buddy, the body is sent back home, the funeral is back home and the burial is back home, but you are still deployed. Thousands of Veterans and and Active Duty Service Members have lost Brothers & Sisters in Arms and have never been given the opportunity to visit their Battle Buddies final resting spot in Arlington National Cemetery; but we want to change that!

Operation Once in a Lifetime is currently raising funds to take 50 Veterans to Arlington National Cemetery who have never been before. This trip will consist of Veterans from WWII (yup that is right, we have a 90 year old WWII Veteran on the list) to current Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. If you would like to help us create 50 memorable life changing experiences for some truly deserving Veterans please see Story IV on our Current Needs page.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to provide all these Veterans with free flights, hotels and transportation. Del Frisco’s Steak House has even offered to provide dinner for all 50 Veterans during their trip to DC as well!

Please watch the video below and listen to SSG Garnhart’s story:

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