Story I

The events of September 11, 2001 was a defining moment in American history and ultimately changed the lives of millions of Americans.

Lives changed for those that passed away that day, their families, those First Responders that responded that day and the coming days, and for the tens of thousands of Americans that were inspired by the event of 9/11 to join the United States Armed Forces and ultimately their families.

Operation Once in a Lifetime has received hundreds of requests since our existence from both Veterans and Active Military whose wish or dying requests have been to visit the 9/11 Memorial for their very first time as it was the events of that day that inspired them to a greater cause and to defend our country.

With so many requests over the years, Operation Once in a Lifetime wants to start a new annual trip to where we take both Active Duty Military Service Members and Veterans to NYC to visit the 9/11 Memorial for their very first time.

We are going to name this trio after Captain Jeremy Linn, an Iraq War Service Member who was inspired to join the military because of the events of 9/11, deployed, and was later diagnosed with terminal cancer due to exposure during his deployments. His dying wish was to visit the 9/11 Memorial, which Operation Once in a Lifetime granted when we were selected to ring in the opening bell for Nasdaq in 2013.

For every $750 raised, we are able to send one Veteran/Active Duty Service Member to The 9/11 Memorial in New York City this summer 2022 for Operation Once in a Lifetime’s First Annual “CPT Jeremy Linn” 9/11 Remembrance trip. Help us keep CPT Linn’s memory alive as well as create closure for so many that joined the military due to the event of September 11, 2001!

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Goal: $75,000 Amount Raised: $23,760,00

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Story II

The holidays are here and during these unprecedented times, we have hundreds of families needing assistance for holiday meals. Donating directly to this program will ensure no military family (Veteran or Active Military) goes without this holiday season. For every $100 donated, we can provide a completely filled Thanksgiving basket (turkey, dressing, vegetables, pie, rolls, butter, cooking pans, gravy and more) to a family in need! Help us make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.



Goal: $10000          Amount Raised: $1040.00

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Story III

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 2022 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 2022. Thank you so much for your support and helping us make 2022 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: $34,130.00

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Story IV

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 5th Annual Closer Trip in May 2022 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: $2382.00

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Story V

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: $19,250.00

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