Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird,
a U.S. Air Force Veteran, is said to have hugged over 500,000 Soldiers since 2003 during her selfless mission of creating happiness for deploying & returning Fort Hood Soldiers. There are almost 50,000 homeless Veterans in America, with 9% of that population being female homeless Veterans.

This sad fact is true - it is possible that at a minimum, 100 Soldiers that she hugged to & from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, will become homeless. It is possible that at a minimum, 100 Soldiers that she hugged are hospitalized within local VA hospitals. 


We are honored that we created Operation Hug A Veteran in her honor.

Operation Hug A Veteran created a one-of-a-kind crest in honor of Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird, homeless Veterans, and hospitalized Veterans. A silhouette of a military service member & a Veteran, representing the hosptialized Veterans & the 50,000 homeless Veterans whom could be of any age, race, creed, and gender, adorn the crest. The infamous yellow ribbon bearing the 1st Cavalry Division patch worn by "The Hug Lady" is on the right and left of the crest, paying homage to Mrs. Laird. The literature that both the military service member & Veteran stand on is the foundation for the two Veterans - a symbol of empowerment. Enscribed on the crest above Operation Hug A Veteran is our motto - 

 "Empowing homeless & hospitalized Veterans through the enrichment of literature."

We miss you tremendously Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird. We will to continue to light the torch with the hugs you've given us both to/from Iraq.

National Operation Hug A Veteran Day is every January 21st in honor of The Hug Lady!

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Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird Veteran Scholarship

We are proud to announce the Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird Veteran Scholarship established by Operation Hug A Veteran!

Operation Hug A Veteran will work directly with VA-verified homeless Veterans at shelters who have began their educational goals by selecting two candidates per year who have applied towards this prestigious scholarship. Once selected, a check of $250 will be credited to the Busar office of the selected Veterans school, thus all funds will be provided towards their school books and educational supplies.

Just like non-profit organization Operation Hug A Veteran, the Mrs. Elizabeth "The Hug Lady" Laird Veteran Scholarship is established in honor of the Fort Hood Hug Lady.