Operation Hat Trick on Duty in Washington
Aug. 31, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington University is participating in a national program called Operation Hat Trick (OHT), a co-branded program that generates royalties that go back to support the Veteran's Administration General Post Fund.
The OHT program was born at the University of New Hampshire to memorialize Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two U.S. Navy SEALs lost in Iraq in 2008. The original initiative was focused on producing collegiate caps that could be provided to soldiers that suffered head injuries. This focus and the program's roots in ice hockey country provided the inspiration for the Operation Hat Trick name.
"The primary objective for the OHT program moving forward is to build support and funds for our soldiers and veterans seeking medical treatment in VA medical centers." said Dot Sheehan, Founder and Director of OHT. "We are excited about George Washington's participation in the program and believe that GW supporters will come out in support of our veterans by purchasing GW/OHT co-branded caps."
OHT hats are available for purchase in GW's Campus Bookstore located on the ground floor of the Marvin Center and on the GWsports.com Official Online Store.
As the first university to accept the original GI Bill for veterans, the George Washington University has fully covered tuition for undergraduate student-veterans in the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2009. This year, more than 900 student-veterans are enrolled at GW, including more than 400 who have applied to the Yellow Ribbon Program.
One of the first universities in the country to sign a pledge to provide resources, programs and policies that further its support of student veterans on campus, GW is part of a campaign to support veterans through jobs, education, housing, health, family and leadership. The university has earned accolades for its commitment to veterans, including being named a top "military friendly" school by GI Jobs magazine, and ranking 16th (second among private schools) in the Military Times' "Best for Vets" college ranking.