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.

Operation Beachhead

An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission;
and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life.

October 16, 2015 ~ Opening Day

Operation Beachhead opened its sled hockey season on October 16th, 2016 at the John J Piccolo Arena in Old Bridge, NJ.   We welcomed the members from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in The Bronx, members from the Veteran’s Campus in East Orange, along with the regulars from the Operation Beachhead Team, and a large group of volunteers. Each year members of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) intramural hockey dedicates their time and skill to come and assist the participants. 

 A large group arrived and was ready to take to the ice on a beautiful fall day. Operation Beachhead is fortunate to have enough sleds to accommodate everyone. Over the years, we have received grants from the USA Hockey Association, The Dennis Zelinski, II Memorial Fund, and a donation from the American Legion Post 168 in Red Bank.   Due to the fact that it is so early in the season, the Knights Kafe, was not opened to serve their usual delicious fare. However, the town of Old Bridge generously accommodated by catering breakfast and lunch from Giuseppe’s in Old Bridge, very tasty. 

It was such a honor for all the members when we learned that one of the players this day was a World War II veteran and ninety-seven years old!
 

 What a way to start the winter sled hockey season!