Nov 5, 2019
Join Denny and I as we discuss bootstrapping events and the veteran connection
Dennis Katona enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1993. After serving seven years as an Armor crewman, he became an active-duty Army National Guard recruiter in 2000. In 2002, Dennis transferred to the Regular Army as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Non-Commissioned Officer. Dennis deployed in 2003 for the Invasion of Iraq and again in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also deployed in 2011 to Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi, providing relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that hit in March 2011.
After being honorably discharged in 2012 as Staff Sergeant, Dennis applied his operational planning experience to a career as a project manager. A discipline that he has applied in both the Information Technology and Manufacturing industries.
Since leaving the Army, Dennis has dedicated himself to serving the Veteran Community. He has planned coordinated and executed fundraising events for Praying for Kaelie, Fisher House, Austin Dog Alliance, and the CPL Chad O. Foundation. Throughout the planning and execution of these many events, Dennis saw the need to bring the Veteran non-profit community together in order to better serve area Veterans. Dennis developed the concept, planned, and networked, bringing together over 50 nonprofits, veteran service organizations, and veteran-owned businesses for the inaugural Vet Fest Austin in November 2016. In the spirit of that collaboration and community, Dennis, along with members of the Vet Fest team founded O.P. Veteran in order to lighten the ruck of area veterans in order to help veterans find a renewed sense of purpose and ease their emotional transition into civilian life.
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
OP VETERAN INC