To show our appreciation for our fighting veterans by connecting them with others that share the same passions and are willing to get them into the outdoors and enjoying life again. We challenge all of the veterans that participate to “Pay It Forward” by spreading the word to their brothers and sisters that need help or could use some time in the outdoors to re-focus their minds on the important things in life!
Operation Pay It Forward was formed to help our returning warriors overcome the injuries and demons they brought back with them from combat. Our goal is to introduce or reintroduce these veterans to the outdoors and the associated healing effects and camaraderie that comes with it. These soldiers are then given a new mission – to connect with their veteran brothers and sisters that need help and involve them in OPIF’s mission to “pay it forward” to their brothers and sisters in arms.
“Our returning soldiers don’t deserve our pity or charity. These combat veterans are fighters and warriors. They deserve our appreciation and a path to transition back into civilian life. They deserve our help overcoming whatever physical or mental injuries they came home with a new mission to accomplish in their civilian life.” – Eric Pauly – Founder – OPIF.
"Operation Pay it Forward is run by the most selfless and generous people I know. Not one penny is profited in this organization, if anything they pay out of their own pocket to make things happen. I have personally seen the benefits this organization has on veterans and their families. They are very well organized and connected with the right people to ensure a positive and healing experience with wounded veterans."