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Coronavirus Veteran & Military Emergency Assistance Fund
With the spread of the COVID-19 Virus and closures of schools and businesses across the United States we are seeing millions of Americans out of work and without any income and no certain time of when they will be able to go back to work. As deadly as this virus is, the economic impact it will have on American families, including Veterans, Active Military whose spouses are currently unemployed and their families, will be unmeasurable.

Imagine a family out of work, on unpaid leave or temporarily laid off with no means to purchase food, or even medicine such as an inhaler for their child? Operation Once in a Lifetime is setting up a fund to directly help these families where we will provide emergency financial assistance for these families in need by providing grants and/or gift cards so these families can provide needed necessities to simply survive and keep a roof over their head.

If you would like to assist in helping those in need, you can make a tax-deductible donation here and 100% will go directly to this fund and families in need.

Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Goal: $100,000 Amount Raised: $18,850.00

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Help us make an impact in the lives of kids while giving Veterans purpose by supporting their local communities.

Operation Once in a Lifetime is excited to start our newest program that will help kids in the community, give Veterans purpose and the opportunity for our Active Military across the nation to make an impact in the communities they live in as well!

Operation “Need One Take One”

Operation Once in a Lifetime is working with local schools across the nation by installing supply bins in the entrances and cafeterias of lower income schools that will contain needed school supplies and healthy snacks and breakfast throughout the school year. These needed items will be supplied by Operation Once in a Lifetime but the bins will be replenished and accounted for by Veterans and Active Military in the community.

Each school will be sponsored by a branch of the military such as the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard; both Active and Veterans.

If you ask most Veterans what they miss most about serving in the military is, they will say they miss feeling like they are making a difference. This program will allow Veterans to make a difference in their community by giving their time to support kids in need as Operation Once in a Lifetime provides the supplies these kids need but the bins are manned and operated by Veterans!

This program will also help kids that are struggling have access to school supplies they are in need of and avoid what many kids feel is the embarrassment of having to ask for supplies from their teachers.

Let’s make a difference.


Goal: $10000          Amount Raised: $2,634.00

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Operation Once in a Lifetime receives on average over 200 requests a week from Active Duty Service Members and Veterans all across the United States in need of help. These requests range from food/grocery needs, rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency flights home and more. Unfortunately, we never have enough funds to fulfill every request, as each year we receive almost $10,000,000 in requested assistance. Our goal in 2020 is to fulfill at least 10% of the requests we receive by trying to raise $1,000,000. This Current Needs Story will show the exact amount of donations we receive through one time donations, recurring donations, donations made on other Current Needs Stories, donations made by mail and our website throughout 2020. Thank you so much for your support and helping us make 2020 a record year!

Operation Once in a Lifetime received a request from a military family in need of help. SPC Starkey is currently deployed for a year in Poland and left behind his wife who was pregnant and due in August. He was fully prepared that due to military service he would miss the birth of his daughter but he was not prepared for his daughter Hope to be born 3 months early and be in the NICU during his deployment.

SPC Starkey’s wife reached out to Operation Once in a Lifetime asking if there could be any way they we could help assist SPC Starkey to come home as his unit granted him 13 days of maternity leave. Unfortunately the military did not classify this as an emergency so SPC Starkey has to pay for his own flight home to Kentucky and a last minute flight home from Europe is thousands of dollars his family did not have. Thanks to the support of Operation Once in a Lifetime and those that donate to our organization SPC Starkey made it home.

This is just one of hundreds of requests we are able to fulfill with the donations we receive.

Goal: $1,000,000         Amount Raised: $243,945.00

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Operation Once in a Lifetime is currently raising funds for our fourth annual “Operation Closure” Trip to Arlington National Cemetery. Serving in the military can be tough, and one of the toughest things about serving in the military is when you lose one of your fellow soldiers. Many people don’t understand that when you lose one of your brothers/sisters in war, the body is sent back home, the burial is back home, the funeral is back home, but you are still deployed.

So many Veterans have lost friends and have never had that closure that they long for as they have never been given the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery to visit the resting spot of their fallen comrades.

Help Operation Once in a Lifetime fulfill one of our biggest endeavors we take on annually as we try and bring 50-60 Veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Dessert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan to Arlington National Cemetery for their very first time.

We have over 60 Veterans and Active Duty Service Members already signed up wanting to go on our 4th Annual Closure trip in May 2019 and many more e-mailing daily. For every $750 donation, you can help sponsor one Veteran to visit Arlington National Cemetery and help them pay their respects to their fallen brothers.

Watch the video below of one of our previous Closure Trips and the impact your support makes.

Goal: $50,000
Amount Raised: $8,900.00

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Help Operation Once in a Lifetime make holiday dreams come true for military families in need of assistance during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. For every $50 donation, we are able to provide a full holiday meal to a military family. For every $10.00 donation we receive, we can help give a toy to a child in need. For more information please email

Toys for Troops

Watch this video on how your contributions will make a different in the lives of our troops and their families:

Goal: $20,000
Amount Raised: $Complete

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