About OpHG

“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


According to a 2007 report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness there were approximately 200,000 – 330,000 homeless veterans in the United States in 2006, and veterans made up about 25% of the homeless population even though only 11% of the total population was veterans.  The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans states that there may now be as many as 1.5 million veterans at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.  Many of these veterans are unable or unwilling to take advantage of the myriad of services designed to support them.  Many of these veterans have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or substance dependency issues.  Many have no access to mailboxes or computers that would enable them to receive information.  Most of them are “forgotten.”  Homelessness among our veterans is unquestionably a national concern.  Despite the efforts of cities, counties, states and our federal government, we are still not able to effectively reach this displaced population.

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.