The Operation

Operation Once in a Lifetime’s mission is to make the dreams of our U.S. Service Members and their families come true by providing once in a lifetime experiences for our military as well as emergency financial assistance through our multiple programs.

Our programs are open to all U.S Service Members, their families and Veterans who have served our country honorably regardless of rank, deployment, physical condition or branch or service.

You serve, you qualify.


For some of the amazing stories of sacrifice by our servicemen and women, have a look at the link below.



About Us

Operation Once in a lifetime is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created to make the dreams of U.S. Service Members, Honorable Discharged Veterans and their families come true. When Operation Once
in a Lifetime was originally created, it was to offer once in a lifetime experiences for our Active Duty Service Members, Veterans and their families, to give once in a lifetime memories that most of our troops and their families would not normally have the opportunity to have.

These experiences would come in many ways, such as MLB Baseball, NFL, NHL & NBA games, or perhaps a once in a lifetime trip to Disney World and more. With hundreds of our military having once in a lifetime experiences coming true thanks to OOIAL and many soldiers saying after each experience it was a wish come true, it was not long until Operation Once in a Lifetime got its nickname as the “Make-A-Wish” of the military.

Operation Once in a Lifetime truly takes being called the “Make-A-Wish” of the military to heart. However, what we deeply pride ourselves on is that we also recognize the importance of practical wishes, and truly believe every request for help is a wish. We often say, if you do not have food for your family, what would you wish for? Our military, both active duty and Veterans should not worry about not having food, providing beds for their kids, worrying if their electricity will still be on when they go home or if their house will be foreclosed on when serving his/her country.

A soldier needs a program that will provide emergency assistance when needed and during life changing instances, regardless of rank, race, branch of service, disability or deployment status. Too many of our military heroes are turned away from so many organizations because they don’t fit a criteria. Could you imagine serving years in the military with multiple deployments and being turned away from an organization because you are not wounded enough, or you’re the wrong rank, perhaps you served during the wrong time, or wrong war? Our military need a program that can help make a life altering contribution when they are in their greatest need; Operation Once in a Lifetime is that program.

Every contribution will go to helping an Active Duty Service Member, Veteran or their family in need of support. In seven years, Operation Once in a Lifetime has helped over 159,000 Service Members and
Veterans; with your help we can double that number!


Team Operation Once in a Lifetime

Soldiers, Fathers, Husbands

Aid Brigade
Operation Once In A Lifetime

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