The University of Iowa Veterans Association is proud to partner
Operation Hat Trick is dedicated to American service members as they recover from the visible and invisible wounds of war. We help them move past the traumas of battle so they can focus on their lives and families at home.
OHT provides critical support to those who defend us
Thousands of service members and veterans who have returned wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan have needs that conventional organizations and government programs don’t cover. Operation Hat Trick helps fill the “white space”-critical gaps in care.
OHT pay for adaptive equipment for amputees; service dogs; critical care; emergency rent, heating oil or car payments. We’ve built a cabin for a veterans’ summer camp, sponsored hunting, fishing and skiing trips … almost anything veterans need to work through their injuries and rebuild their lives.
An innovative approach
OHT got our start by giving hats to service members with head and brain injuries, but soon realized that we could do even more by selling our merchandise and products — hats, gear, etc. — and using the proceeds to support the recovery of service members and veterans. Now, we’re a 501(c)3 non-profit and work with colleges and universities, leagues, companies and fans across the U.S. to honor active duty military and veterans.
OHT merchandise and products and your donations have helped dozens of organizations that provide direct services and support to wounded service members and veterans. They include: Project Sanctuary, The Yellow Ribbon Fund, Easter Seals/Veterans Count, the Navy SEAL Foundation Semper Fi Fund, the Warrior Bonfire Project, Liberty House, Ironstone Farm,Homes For Our Troops,and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We have partnered with hundreds of sports teams, including more than 270 universities and colleges, 130 high schools, 21 National Hockey League teams, more than 70 Minor League Baseball teams, and over 50 companies.
At the University of Iowa, OHT offers three different styles of ball caps and two different styles of t-shirts. 25% of the sales from OHT merchandise is donated back to the University of Iowa Veterans Association. University of Iowa OHT apparel can be found at the Hawk Shop in the basement of the Iowa Memorial Union.