Founded in 2011, Operation Beachhead is a 501c/3 non-profit organization based at the Jersey Shore.
The goal and purpose of Operation Beachhead is to offer veterans, troops, disabled individuals and their families, adaptive recreational, sports and social activities.
Operation Beachhead grew out of the desire to provide fun and adventurous beach activities to the most brave and deserving among us; disabled U.S. military veterans. Generally these experiences that we like to refer to as "storming the surf" are unavailable to the disabled without safe instruction and appropriate lifeguard presence. We quickly realized that storming the surf through the activities of surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding and more was an invigorating experience for the disabled veterans and therefore wanted to expand the program to include others. So in addition to disabled vets, we also warmly welcome and strongly encourage all active duty troops as well as disabled civilians to come and experience "storming the surf".
Entirely supported by donations and managed by volunteers whose sole purpose it is to help enhance the lives of our heroes and those with challenges, Operation Beachhead continues to expand its programs and services to offer a variety of year round activities including winter sport programs.
We have increased the number of activities to include events throughout the year, providing free services and opportunities to 225 participants. Our volunteer base has also grown tremendously, now having a group of over 200 people.
In the year 2013, Michael Ricci, Operation Beachhead's Founder, President and the organization's driving force was selected as a recipient of the New Jersey Heroes Award, from New Jersey's First Lady Mary Pat Christie. This award recognizes people and organizations that work to improve and enhance the lives of New Jersey residents.
An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission; and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life. This life continues to grow through the support of people who wish to show their appreciation and thanks to our veterans.
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PO Box 333
Manasquan, NJ 08736