MISSION
Empower homeless & hospitalized Veterans through the enrichment of literature.

VISION

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

   AWARDS

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.


United States military veteran led non-profit organization.

Inspired by Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird.

Founded by an Active Duty U.S. Army family.


NATIONWIDE OHAV MISSIONS
As of 08 September 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
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Operation Hug A Veteran has distributed, donated, and/or volunteered at the following shelters, reading carts, or events that support homeless & hospitalized Veterans -

1. Mary of Humility Shelter Davenport IA
2. Freedom Home Ministries Davenport IA
3. The Baltimore Station Baltimore MD
4. Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training (MCVET) Baltimore MD
5. Final Salute Inc. Alexandria VA
6. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stand Down Washington D.C., 2016
7. Caribbean U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Puerto Rico 
8. Hacienda de Veteranos, Caguas PR 
9. Casa del Peregrino David’s Project, Aguadilla PR 
10. De Vuelta a la Vida, Bayamón PR
11. 4th Annual Stand Up for Women Vets by Final Salute Inc.
12. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stand Down Philadelphia PA, 2017
13. Reading cart at Caribbean U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Puerto Rico
14. OHAV Hurricane Maria Humanitarian Mission in Puerto Rico
15. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Stand Down Philadelphia PA, 2018
16. Reading cart at Philadelphia U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

+ Ongoing, current OHAV Headquarters



  1. 0
    Books Donated From OHAV Holiday Book Drive
  2. 51
    Books Donated At Homeless Veteran Shelters
  3. 85
    Books Donated At VA Hospitals
  4. 50
    Books Donated From OHAV Veterans Day Book Drive
  5. 0
    Books Read to VA Hospitalized Veterans
  6. 37
    Nationwide OHAV Missions completed
  7. 0
    Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird Veteran Scholarship
  8. 122
    Books Donated At VA Stand Downs