“What makes a man a warrior is his willingness to place himself between what he holds dear and anything that threatens it”
Honor, dedication, courage, grit…….these are just a few words that can describe the veterans of our armed forces.
You may never know you are in the vicinity of a combat veteran. They are the ones that you “heard” were in the military, but are quiet, courteous, and humble. They never look for pity, nor do they ask for help….even if they honestly do need a hand, and after returning home from the desolate and disheveled outposts in the front-lines, some combat veterans face a set of new struggles.
Thankfully, there are organizations that exist today that assist in helping our warriors after they’ve returned from the trials of combat. Operation Hat Trick is one of those organizations helping wounded service members and Veterans in need, and The Mountain is proud to work with them.
We have been combining efforts with OHT since the summer of 2015 and we couldn’t be prouder of what you, the #MountainTribe, have helped us and OHT accomplish. Due to all of your College Collection purchases, you have helped our wounded veterans in many ways, but a few of the amazing highlights from 2015 are...
OHT funds part time staffing of Northeast Passage PATH Program providing basic recreation therapy.
Acclimation is key, whether you’re getting your body ready for a seven month deployment in the scorching Iraqi climate, or attempting to deal with crowds back home due to post traumatic stress. The Northeast Passage PATH program out of the University of New Hampshire provides basic recreation therapy, which helps veterans acclimate back into society. The kicker is that OHT pays for part time staffing that has enabled PATH to go from five clients to 68 in a year.
One of these clients is a veteran and former sniper named Jon. When PATH came upon him in a Connecticut hospital, he was being treated for Post Traumatic Stress along with a shoulder surgery that ended his military career. Due to all of this, it had left him housebound and made him into a recluse. Northeast Passage ended up convincing him to join an archery class. Unfortunately, because of his shoulder injury Jon was unable to draw the bow up high enough to hit his specified target. Low and behold, Operation Hat Trick donated money to develop a special attachment to the bow that would enable him to meet his mark on the target. Now Jon is no longer housebound and is in three archery classes per week.
OHT Partner, Project Sanctuary, Provides Revitalizing Retreats for Veterans and Their Families.
The solitude and peacefulness of Colorado attracts many Combat Veterans after the strenuous toll of overseas "work." It’s also the home of Project Sanctuary, a retreat based organization and partner of OHT. Project Sanctuary allows a Veteran and their family to attend a retreat in the peaceful Colorado environment to further the overall recovery process. The results after a retreat are 90% remain married, 0% become homeless, 0% commit suicide, and 91% with PTS have clinically improved after the 6 day on the retreat.
OHT has proudly sponsored 6 families where the veteran is suffering from PTS/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
OHT Fills In The Gaps To Help Amputees Re-Learn Skills We Take For Granted.
Even with the care that the government provides to our veterans, there are still many gaps that need to be filled. For example, amputees need to patiently re-learn skills that we would deem as basic, such as cutting a potato or peeling an onion and prosthetics at first can be very clumsy and cumbersome. At the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California is an Armed Forces YMCA. Once again, OHT has come to the rescue and has donated shoes for prosthetic legs and food items for their simulated kitchen so that these veterans can put in the work and become better than they were yesterday.
The road to recovery for our wounded heroes is long and arduous, but because of you, our dedicated and passionate customers, results like these are possible. Your contributions have affected the lives of those that have given their minds and their bodies to our nation, and we are more than grateful to have such loyal customers that keep programs like OHT alive. We’re proud of our partnership with Operation Hat Trick, and are excited to continue forward with them in 2016. At the end of the day, it’s important for us to give back to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice, because they are the ones that ensure we are able to sleep safe, sound, and free.
What do you think of the efforts of Operation Hat Trick? Let us know in the comments!
The Mountain supports the work of Operation Hat Trick. For every purchase made from the OHT College Collection, a portion of proceeds goes to help Operation Hat Trick and their mission to help wounded service members and Veterans.
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