“When one of the Chaplains asked a homeless vet how he could pray for him, he responded ‘you can’t pray for me, but you can pray for my outfit.’”
– Rick Norling, Executive Director and Founder of Operation HighGround
Operation HighGround is a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach out to the most unreachable veterans who may not be interested in accepting help for themselves but who would proudly jump at an opportunity to help other veterans. Operation HighGround will be unique not only in the method of involving our homeless veterans, but in the way we engage our sponsors, providing a win-win approach for all. Along the way we seek to improve and re-purpose existing state or federal sites that may currently be under-utilized. We are prepared to use vacant land for modular housing in cases where government-owned buildings are not readily available. The veterans are taught skills by working on the reparation or building of living quarters, which will then be used for medium- to longer-term transitional housing. We will partner with other established organizations to assist with the screening and treatment issues for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder or chemical dependency issues. Our sponsors will assist in providing job opportunities for the newly trained veterans. This program will also assist with the reintegration of veterans and their families.
Operation HighGround doesn’t stop there. Our Founder has an extensive background including close contacts with nationally recognized musicians who will assist in fund raising efforts such as concerts and video productions that will be filmed and made available through network and video sales.