Operation Once in a Lifetimes 7th Annual Closure Trip

Operation Once in a Lifetime takes 50 Veterans & Active Duty Military to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend for our 7th Annual Closure Trip. 


Once in a Lifetime reenlistment ceremony

Operation Once in a Lifetime helped make a special dream come true for a group of soldiers (35 soldiers) reenlisting in the military — one soldier was promoted and all of them happened to be big time Dallas Cowboys fans. We helped coordinate their reenlistment and promotion ceremony at the Star in Frisco, TX (Cowboys headquarters and practice facility) and provided a VIP lunch for those soldiers in the private Dallas Cowboys “Cowboys Club” where they got to meet 3-time Super Bowl Champion, Darren Woodson and viewed the practice fields.

Just in time 

Operation Once in a Lifetime helped make a special dream come and reunion come true by purchasing a flight home for a soldier (CPT Poe, currently deployed in support of NATO) to watch his son compete in his very first adaptive race since losing his leg due to cancer. 

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7th Annual Closure Trip

Operation Once in a Lifetime is preparing to take 50 Veterans and Active Duty Military to Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day Weekend to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our 7th Annual Closure Trip. This year’s trip will be in honor of 1st Lieutenant John Peter “Junior/ Animal” Skoro Jr., whose family sponsored over half of this year’s attendees!

Want to learn how to help sponsor a Veteran to visit Arlington National Cemetery for the very first time and pay the respects to their fallen brothers and sisters? Please e-mail Staff@operationonceinalifetime.com.

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New Year Update

Two months ago the 36th Sustainment Brigade reached out to us to see if we could help assist with their Casing/Deployment Ceremony as their ceremony was originally scheduled for January 15, 2022 (deploying for 10 months to Middle East). It was going to be outside, but they were needing assistance with a possible inside venue especially with it being winter — you just never know how the weather would be. On the day of the ceremony, it was 33 degrees with 30 mile an hour winds and snow.

With the help of Operation Once In A Lifetime, as well as our supporters such as Jose Trevino (Catcher) & Texas Rangers, IICF, AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter, Homes by J. Anthony, Bell Helicopters and the individual contributions we received, we were not only able to have their ceremony at Globe Life Field (home of the Texas Rangers) but provide dinner for all the soldiers and their families totaling 1000, including 250 care packages also provided by IICF!! 

It was truly a memorable once in a lifetime send off, especially with special guest Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia!   Keep these soldiers and their families in your prayers.

Also, thank you to our 15+ volunteers that came out that day as well. We can not do it without you!

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