Operation K.A.V.I.C. Keller Assists Veterans in Crisis. A partnership with Defiance County Veterans Office, Keller Logistics Group and Ravens Care.


A partnership with Defiance County Veterans Office,

Keller Logistics Group, and Ravens Care. 

OPERATION K.A.V.I.C. was created to prevent our local military and veterans personnel from enduring financial hardship. Through donations from event sponsors, our Active Duty, Veterans, Reservists, & National Guard members will have access to assistance with:

• Medicine     • Shelter     • Utilities     • & Other Needs or Expenses

So far, in 2017* Operation K.A.V.I.C. has provided $23,039.55 worth of assistance in rent, food, medical and dental bills, utilities, and car & furnace repairs to 61 local veteran families – 110 people. (*through June 30, 2017) 

“In creating Operation K.A.V.I.C., we are so touched to hear the stories of how we helped several of our local veterans who were experiencing a financial crisis; my heart goes out to them. They are an under-served group who have honored our country by bravely protecting our freedoms. I have tremendous respect and admiration for them. I am proud that we at Keller have put together a fund to help them when in need.” – Bryan Keller, President & CEO – Keller Logistics Group

“The Defiance County Veterans Office is so very thankful for this fund, it has provided such a relief and goodwill in the veteran community.” Tanya Brunner

For more information on receiving aid from OPERATION K.A.V.I.C. contact: Defiance Veterans Affairs Office – 419.782.6861 

Operation K.A.V.I.C. Facts

• This unique charity fund is very rare for the State of Ohio because, so many donations to veterans charities are not able to be used locally. All of the monies donated to this fund provide for families in our own backyard.

• Operation K.A.V.I.C. fund has been able to assist armed forces veterans, reservists, national guardsman, and surviving spouses of those who served our country.  

• A sudden disability such as serious disease, sudden death, or accident, can put a family into a financial tailspin, the Operation K.A.V.I.C. fund can provide needed financial help during such crises to stabilize the family and allow them space so they can concentrate their energy on getting through the crises.

• Veterans may be managing their budget very well, but be faced with a huge unexpected expense, such as a sewer repair, a need for a new furnace, or car repairs, and those expenses must be done right away and have not been budgeted for. Charitable funds like Operation K.A.V.I.C. can assist the family through such financial ambushes.

Operation K.A.V.I.C. helps Veterans at Home

A Child’s Prescription: A young child of a veteran needed a prescription drug that cost more than the veteran was able to pay. KAVIC funds met the financial need.

A Struggling Widow: KAVIC funds were used to assist a widow who had just lost her husband suddenly and had overwhelming expenses incurred when the veteran’s income was withdrawn from their bank account without warning.

Hearing Aid Repair: World War Two widow who lives on less than $10,000 a year, needed her hearing aids repaired. It was an expense she could not afford without help. When she could hear again, you should have seen the smile on her face!

Car Repairs: A young working veteran needed to travel quite a distance each day to his job and his aging vehicle needed brakes and new tires so that he could make the drive safely.

Homeless Veteran: A young veteran who had just got a job and a place to stay needed financial help to purchase items for his home. KAVIC funds provided that much needed boost to begin his new life and most importantly, he knew that people cared about him and wanted him to succeed.

Dental Emergency: A working veteran had an unexpected dental expense that was beyond what his insurance could cover. He was in pain and needed immediate attention but the funds had to be paid up front before his dental need could be met.

Electricity: It is a necessary utility and sometimes the bills can be high for those on a fixed income. Getting an occasional helping hand, lets them know their service to their country has not been forgotten.


3rd Annual Veterans & Family Appreciation Dinner

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Eagles 372 | W. Second Street  | Defiance, OH

The Third Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner – to support Operation K.A.V.I.C. – is looking for the community’s help to fund the Operation K.A.V.I.C. program. To continue providing this unique fund for local veterans, we’re looking for help by:

Entering the Soup Cook-Off

Get your team together! Register your roaster of soup by Friday, October 20th.

Donating a Door Prize

All Veterans and their family members that attend can enter to win door prizes. Door prizes need to be to Keller Logistics Group by Friday, October 20th. To arrange pick up of your donation, please call Natalie Oberhaus at 419.783.1679 or Natalie.Oberhaus@kellerlogistics.com.

Donating to Operation K.A.V.I.C. or Sponsoring the Dinner

View our sponsorship flyer for sponsorship opportunities or for more information about donating to Operation K.A.V.I.C.

Veterans Appreciation Dinner Sponsors

In 2015, the first year for Operation K.A.V.I.C., through the generous donations of our Luncheon Sponsors and other donors, we raised over $36,000 and in 2016 we are very proud to announce that we raised over $40,000 to fund the needs of our local veterans. 

We are very excited to announce that they 2017 Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner raised $48,994.50! Thank you so much to all the donors listed below that helped us achieve another successful year for Operation KAVIC. 



Daimler Truck Financial

First Federal Bank

Stoops Freightliner Lima Ohio


Keith Hubbard Family Foundation

Robinson Investments


Stykemain Trucks, Inc.


Ball Summer Fest

Defiance Rotary Club

Batt & Stevens, Inc.


Double A Trailer

Investmax, LTD

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 372

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 36

Bryan Keller

Clemens, Korhn, Liming, Warncke

Sam Strausbaugh

Shultz Huber & Associates, Inc.

Ward Richmond

Defiance County Agricultural Society

Grace Episcopal Church

PNC Equipment Finance


Sam Switzer Realty, LLC

Steven D. Walker | Elks Lodge

Mohre Electronics Inc.

Hudsonville Trailer | Ohio Gas Company

Mark Moats Ford, Inc. | Stop & Lock

David C. Deal | Arps Dairy

Roehrig Painting, LLC | Mercy Health

Ayersville School NHS

Grant Insurance Agency, Inc.

Citizen National Bank | Leever Glass

Integrity Defiance Autobody, Inc.

Homan Snow Removal, LLC

McDowell Landscaping & Design

Johns Manville | Mercury Cleaners

B.A. Miller & Sons Trucking, Inc.

Defiance Hearing Aid Center, Inc.

Defiance AMVETS post 1991

Sines Excavating, LLC | Mike McCann

State Bank | David C. Deal | Aaron Keller


Mr. & Mrs. Richard Savage

Hi Tech Foundations, Riehle Construction, LLC

Scott Wagner Plumbing

Buehrer Power Equipment

Craig Riedel

Stephen K. Snavely Co., L.P.A.

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Bowman Trailer Leasing

Knights of Columbus 1039

Robert & Jamie Carpenter

United Methodist Women of Sherwood

Butch & Beck Bauer

Nate & Stephanie Schaublin

Knights of Columbus Counsel 5628

James Hemenway | Mark Wilkerson

Darryl & Julie Logan

Buckeye Roofing & Exteriors

Keller Employees


Community Health Professionals

Kirchers Flowers

Midwest Community Federal Credit Union

Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum

Arps Dairy | Big Boy | Marco’s Pizza

Brookview Healthcare | Napa Defiance

Eric’s All American Ice Cream

Maumee Valley Guidance Center

Arbys | The Fluff Shop | Brent McDade

Linda’s Glass Gallery | Meijer

Close to Home Daycare | Sweetwater

Jacob’s Meats



Defiance Rotary Club

Zions Lutheran Church

Brookview Healthcare

Nicole Walters

Mike & Melissa Ernst

Daughters of the American Revolution

Keller Safety Team

A Very Special Thank You:

Ken Leslie from 1matters.org for speaking at our Veterans’ Appreciation Event

Defiance Eagles 372 – donating the hall

Bauer Family – donating cornbread muffins

Just Be Original Fine Arts Academy – hosting a fundraiser

Jacob’s Meats – donating 80 pounds of pulled pork

Kirchers’ Flowers – donating centerpieces

Boy Scouts Troop 97 – making peach cobbler

Bob Evans – donating kids packs