Falling within our Pillars of Social Connection and Community, the Spring Kickoff is what gave O.P. Veteran its start. We select a worthy Veteran non-profit or program that provides mental health services to Veterans, and produce a marketing and fundraising campaign that promotes the organization in Central Texas.
If the Spring Kickoff gave us our start, O.P. VetFest put us on the map. Our flagship event, O.P. VetFest serves to build Social Connection, Community, and Mental Health. Veteran owned businesses and nonprofits from across the state and country in order to educate Veterans about services and volunteer opportunities available. while also showcasing ways to find their post military passion and purpose.
Founded in 2015 by retired Army First Sergeant Robert Groves, Garrison Retreats provided a 4 day retreat for Veterans to reconnect with their "tribe" focusing on peer support and outdoor activities. After the loss of its founder in 2017, Garrison Retreats officially merged with O.P Veteran in 2020, as its first direct service program. Under O.P. Veteran, Garrison Retreats will continue Robert's legacy and provide no cost 4 day retreats for Veterans, focusing on peer support, resiliency, and healthy coping mechanisms.
Operation Forward March
Forward, March.... The preparatory and command of execution to take that first step. Operation Forward Marchis a new program focused on just that. Taking that first 30 inch step. Bringing Veterans together, out of their homes, connecting with one another, marching forward toward a common goal.
Flag Day Freedom Float
Veterans and supporters converge upon the rivers of Central Texas in order to rebuild Social Connection with one another and overcome the loss of belonging that completion of military service can bring.