Utah State University has been named as a finalist for the Operation Hat Trick (OHT) 2020 Excellence in Service Award for its efforts in aiding the recovery of wounded U.S. combat service members and veterans. OHT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting wounded U.S. combat veterans.
In recognition of the school’s impact, OHT will make a $5,000 donation to Cache Valley Veterans Association on USU’s behalf. Operation Hat Trick Founder and President Dot Sheehan presented the Excellence in Service Awards via video conference on May 14.
“We are honored to acknowledge the many veterans in our Aggie Family, as well as in our Cache Valley community and throughout the state of Utah,” said USU President Noelle Cockett. “To show our appreciation, we pledge to continue our partnership with Operation Hat Trick in recognition and support of the men and women who have selflessly served to help preserve our freedom.”
USU’s efforts generated thousands of dollars in donations to help veterans recover from the visible and invisible injuries suffered in combat. Over the last three years, $28,000 has been donated to Cache Valley Veterans Association by OHT via USU.
USU was one of nine finalists, including The University of Arizonaa, Clemson University, the University of South Florida, Texas A&M University, Western Kentucky University, North Dakota State University, Virginia Tech and the University of Nebraska. Finalists were selected based on their efforts to fully integrate OHT on their campuses through a presence in their bookstores and other retail outlets; promoting veterans’ causes through their social media properties and advertising campaigns; and generating additional revenue that will be used to support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans.
A portion of each sale of OHT-branded merchandise is donated to select organizations that support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans. Through the sale of branded merchandise and member donations, OHT donations have helped dozens of organizations that provide direct services and support to wounded service members and veterans. They include Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Veterans Count, the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Travis Mills Foundation, Liberty House, Project Sanctuary, Semper Fi Fund, Warriors Ice Hockey Programs, Hero Flights and the Yellow Ribbon Fund.