Dwayne Paro welcomes Donny O’Malley to today’s podcast. Founder and CEO of VET Tv and Irreverent Warriors, Donny O’Malley (Daniel Maher) was born in Queens, New York to Irish and Colombian Catholic immigrants.
After college, O’Malley (then Danny Maher) commissioned as an officer in the United States Marines in 2009. As an infantry officer he led his platoon through two deployments, one of which through the ruins of Musa Qala in 2012. Much like most deployed service members, O’Malley used humor to get through his experiences. He took the time to write his stories with a humorous light. His stories kept his family and friends back home updated and entertained. This was the beginning. He was medically retired as a Captain after 6 years in the Marine Corps.
In 2015, O’Malley organized his stories into a book, “Embarrassing Confessions of a Marine Lieutenant.” Topping the Charts on Amazon and selling over 25,000 copies, it was championed among combat veterans around the world. While writing his book, his biggest fan committed suicide so he rededicated his book and life to helping veterans.
In July, 2015, he organized an event in San Diego called The Silkies Hike that gained national news coverage and was replicated in dozens of cities throughout the country, thus turning into a national movement. He then started a nonprofit called Irreverent Warriors to manage the movement and ensure the mission, quality, safety, and intent stayed pure. Since inception, over 80 hikes have been completed around the country and have brought together over 17,000 veterans.
In effort to promote his book, O’Malley created videos for combat infantrymen that went viral among the veteran community. Enough of his fans expressed a willingness to pay for these videos that he decided to find a way to monetize short videos that parodied the military experience. In 2016, he created Veteran Entertainment Television or VET Tv - a subscription video on demand service with cinematic content made for veterans, by veterans.
Courageous Champion of Veterans
Dwayne Paro welcomes Angela Cody-Rouget to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. Angela Cody-Rouget is the founder and owner of Major Organizers™, a residential organizing company. She has been building the Major Organizers brand (formerly Major Mom) since November of 2006 and currently has a team of 22 employees in Arizona and Colorado. She was featured on the military episode of Shark Tank on February 5, 2016. Angela spent 14 years dedicated to serving her country in the US Air Force as a satellite commander and missileer. She attained the rank of Major and her husband nicknamed her Major Mom after their first child was born. After her son was born in 2005, she resigned her commission to be a better wife and mother to her two children.
She is currently in the process of franchising her brand in order to create more jobs and opportunities for veterans and military spouses. She has three franchise locations, OH, TX and AL. Like most women, she sometimes feels torn between kids and career and the balancing act is difficult, but she’s thankful for a husband who is supportive. She also has kids that cheer her on because they believe in her. Angela was born to create order out of chaos. She is on a mission to raise up an army of Liberators so she can restore order to the world, one household at a time!
Dwayne Paro welcomes Lane Beene to today’s podcast. Lane is a proud Ft. Worth native and product of a middle-class family. After graduating from high school in 1987, he attended the US Air Force Academy to pursue his dream of military aviation. From 1991 until 2001, he served as a pilot in the active duty Air Force at world-wide locations. In 2001, he returned to Ft Worth and joined the Air Force Reserves.
He began investing in real estate in 2002 and bought many single-family homes. In 2010, he expanded his investment strategy to include multi-family property. For the next 4 years, he has pursued investments, built a real estate team, and learned the multi-family industry. In 2014, he purchased his first apartment complex and currently partners in 6 apartment complexes.
Courageous Champion of Veterans
Dwayne Paro welcomes Jennifer Roseman to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. Jennifer serves as an executive at Three Wire Systems’ VetAdvisor supporting Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and private sector contracts. Jennifer has more than 15 years of implementing and directing military and veteran programs which improve access to areas of wellness, behavioral health, financial and career transition. To date, she is responsible for the oversight of nearly 250,000 coaching sessions to support improved outcomes for veterans, active duty and their family members.
Jennifer serves as President of National Association of Rural Mental Health and sits on the Saint Francis University Social Work Advisory Board. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans Rehabilitation Committee and JARI’s Defense Business Council. She holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Francis and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Mount Aloysius College. She is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert in the field of rural mental health specifically related to veteran care.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Scott Tucker to today’s podcast. Scott Tucker is a former U.S. Army officer and author of the bestselling book “From Deployment to Dollars.” A graduate of West Point, he went on to serve as an executive officer and platoon leader for U.S. forces in Iraq and Germany. Scott was eventually promoted to strategic information management posts, where he gained expertise in decision-making processes and development of enhanced organizational learning and collaboration methods.
During his time in the military and following his transition, Scott served as a financial planner for fellow U.S. military.
Since that time, Scott’s mission has changed and Transition 2.0 came into being. He purposes to not just help military personnel with their financial goals but help set them on a course to build a post military meaningful life they can be proud of the whole time they’re living it.
As the founder and CEO of Be Financially Fit and the author of From Deployment to Dollars, Scott combines realistic perspective, financial expertise, and life experience to help transitioning military prepare both financially and personally for the transition back to civilian life. Scott resides in San Diego, not only for its beautiful weather and multitude of outdoor sports and activities but also to stay closely connected to the military.