Op Veteran Inc

Watching Over Our Own

aka O.P. Veteran   |   Pflugerville, TX   |  www.opveteran.org

Mission

Utilize post military passion to ease emotional transition of Veterans.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dennis Katona

Chief Operating Officer

Alex Bonilla

Main address

21008 Havant Way

Pflugerville, TX 78660 USA

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EIN

81-4477452

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When we serve, we have a mission, a purpose, and are part of something larger than ourselves. When we transition out of the military, we lose that mission and that purpose, and even our sense of identity. We tend to isolate ourselves. That's when we can get caught in that negative downward spiral. O.P. Veteran seeks to mitigate the trials of the emotional transition from service member to civilian, by providing purpose, direction and motivation for veterans in order to get them engaged and connected within the Veteran Community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spring Kickoff

O.P. Veteran selects a deserving Veteran non-profit within the Austin, TX area in order to serve as a platform for veteran engagement within the veteran service organization community.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

MISSION: Conduct a Veteran-centric event in order to:
Educate Veterans on the various services that are available through participating organizations.
Educate Veterans on volunteer opportunities available through participating organizations in order to remain engaged within the Veteran Community.
Facilitate networking and collaboration between participating organizations
Encourage solicitation of Veteran owned businesses by having them on site as vendors
Provide a day of education, prizes and entertainment to Central Texas Veterans during the Veterans Day Season

Population(s) Served

Garrison Retreats is a 4 day Veteran retreat that focuses on Resiliency, Peer Support, and healthy coping mechanism mentorship

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Veterans

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.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Spring Kickoff

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Spring Kickoff Beneficiaries 501(c)3 event sponsorships

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

O.P. Vet Fest

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of VetFest vendors 2020 O.P. VetFest cancelled due to COVID-19

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to create a collaborative Veteran Community that fosters fellowship, engagement, and assistance to those that need it.

Hold an annual veteran festival that focuses on resources, mentorship, entertainment, networking, and collaboration
Hold awareness campaigns and events that assists highly impactful veteran organizations while providing an outlet for Veterans to get engaged.
Hold fellowship events throughout the year in order to overcome the loss of connection often seen after transition.
Implement direct service programs that focus on peer support and resiliency

O.P. Veteran has held these events since 2016. Funds are raised primarily through in kind donation and merchandise sales. Work force is entirely volunteer, which lends itself to the fulfillment of our mission.

2016 Spring Kickoff: Raised over $7700 in funds to assist the CPL Chad Oligschlaeger Foundation for PTSD
- over 150 in attendance.
- 10 veteran volunteers engaged

2016 Vet Fest
-47 vendors
- Over 300 veterans in attendance
- 20 veteran volunteers engaged

2017 Spring Kickoff
- raised over $5500 for Motorcycle Missions
-over 200 in attendance
- 15 veteran volunteers engaged

2017 Vet Fest
- 109 vendors
- added live music featuring 5 veteran musical acts
- over 500 in attendance
- 20 veteran volunteers engaged

2018 Spring Kickoff
- Raised over $6000 for Cover 6 Outdoors
- Over 150 in attendance
-15 veteran volunteers engaged

2018 Vet Fest
-131 vendors in attendance
- formalized opening ceremonies
- larger venue
-over 600 veterans in attendance
-40 volunteers engaged

2019 Spring Kickoff- formalized beneficiary package
Raised over $12000 for the Corporal Chad Eric Oligschlaeger Foundation for PTSD
- Over 150 in attendance
-20 veteran volunteers engaged

2019 Vet Fest
-152 vendors in attendance
- formalized opening ceremonies
- larger venue
-over 2200 veterans in attendance
-40 volunteers engaged

2020 Spring Kickoff- formalized beneficiary package
Raised over $10000 for the HARTH Foundation
- Virtual Event due to COVID-19

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Op Veteran Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dennis Katona

O.P. Veteran

Term: 2017 - 2024


Board co-chair

Alex Bonilla

O.P. Veteran

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jonathan Holloway

O.P. Veteran

Kimberly Thorngate

O.P. Veteran

Shannon Book

Nathaniel Trevino

Michael Winfrey

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/29/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data