Empower homeless & hospitalized Veterans through the enrichment of literature.


​To be recognized by our supported homeless and hospitalized Veteran organizations, communities, and stakeholders as a strategic partner in enriching the lives of Veterans.


Operation Hug A Veteran (OHAV) is an official Federal Non-Profit Organization under the IRS code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). Federal No : 81-1734350.

Partnered with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs & the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans to end Veteran homelessness. 

Members of the National Coalition for the Homeless.​

Operation Hug A Veteran is registered as a Platinum participant with GuideStar as of April 2016.

As of 27 February 2018, OHAV has conducted missions in the following cities -​

Davenport, Iowa 
Moline, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 
Honolulu, Hawai'i
Monterey, California
Vancouver, Washington
Portland, Oregon
Huntsville, Alabama
Atlanta, Georgia
Nashville, Tennessee
Baltimore, Maryland+
New York City, New York
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Alexandria, Virginia
Washington, D.C.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Operation Hug A Veteran has distributed and/or volunteered at the following shelters or events that support homeless & hospitalized Veterans -

Mary of Humility Shelter Davenport IA
Freedom Home Ministries Davenport IA
The Baltimore Station Baltimore MD
Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training (MCVET) Baltimore MD
Final Salute Inc. Alexandria VA
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stand Down Washington D.C.
Caribbean U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Puerto Rico 
Hacienda de Veteranos, Caguas PR 
Casa del Peregrino David’s Project, Aguadilla PR 
De Vuelta a la Vida, Bayamón PR
4th Annual Stand Up for Women Vets by Final Salute Inc.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stand Down Philadelphia PA
OHAV Hurricane Maria Humanitarian Mission in Puerto Rico

+ Ongoing, current OHAV Headquarters

  1. 0
    Books Donated From OHAV Holiday Book Drive
  2. 51
    Books Donated At Homeless Veteran Shelters
  3. 60
    Books Donated At VA Hospitals
  4. 50
    Books Donated From OHAV Veterans Day Book Drive
  5. 0
    Books Read to VA Hospitalized Veterans
  6. 35
    Nationwide OHAV Missions completed
  7. 0
    Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird Veteran Scholarship
  8. 97
    Books Donated At VA Stand Downs