OVS Awards 82nd Airborne Veteran Professional Development Scholarship


NOVEMBER 24, 2017 - PHILADELPHIA, PA – OurVetSuccess today announced award of its 2017 Veterans Professional Development Scholarship to Raul Sanchez, a former infantry soldier in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

Sanchez completed three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Since his discharge from the Army, Sanchez has gone on to build his profession in comedy arts.

“We could not be more pleased to support and help develop Raul’s career. He is a tremendously talented writer and performer,” said Mary L. Hagy, CEO and Executive Producer of OurVetSuccess. “The opportunities afforded by the scholarship will gain him exposure, mentorship and growth within the entertainment industry, while directly aligning with our mission to increase positive public awareness of veterans who are successful in civilian life.”

"I'm very honored to receive the OVS scholarship," Sanchez said.  "I hope to bring credit to other veterans through the hard work and dedication I place in my craft."

Sanchez has performed in venues from Texas to Montreal to New York, and released an album of his work in 2016, I'm Funnier Than This, which is available for purchase on iTunes. The winner of the 2013 Funniest Comic in Texas award, Sanchez has amassed an ardent fan following of his signature, family-friendly humor, having earned more than 9.5 million views of his work on Facebook.

Born in Anahuac, Mexico, Sanchez became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006 after completing military service. The San Antonio, Texas native currently resides in New York.

ABOUT OURVETSUCCESS: OVS is a Philadelphia-based company that creates television, digital content and experiences, that showcase the lives and work of successful veterans. More info at www.ourvetsuccess.com Media inquiries: call OurVetSuccess at (215) 680-6004.

U.S. Army 82nd Airborne veteran-turned-comic, Raul Sanchez.

U.S. Army 82nd Airborne veteran-turned-comic, Raul Sanchez.

OurVetSuccess CEO Honored by Philadelphia Business Journal

October 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA The Philadelphia Business Journal today announced that Mary L. Hagy, CEO and Executive Producer of OurVetSuccess, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2017 Veterans of Influence Award.

The 2017 Veterans of Influence Class honors 25 people who served their country – and in some cases are still serving – with honor and are now making a difference in business, the Journal stated.

"They are influencing a wide variety of industries," said Craig Ey, Editor-In-Chief. "Our list includes veterans in technology, government, entertainment, health care and many other industries."

"I could not be more honored to receive this recognition, especially given the achievements of my fellow 2017 class members," said Hagy. "This award aligns directly with the mission of OurVetSuccess, which is to increase positive public awareness of veterans who have gone into civilian life with continued service to country and community."

OurVetSuccess, based in Philadelphia, creates television, digital content and experiences that are designed to showcase the nation's finest patriots. 

Hagy will be profiled in a special report in the Nov. 10 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The 2017 class will be honored at an evening reception on Nov. 9 at the Ballroom at the Ben in Center City Philadelphia.

Andretti Announces Veteran Hiring Program

OurVetSuccess is pleased to support this great hiring initiative launched by Andretti Autosport.

"I had the pleasure of meeting Navy SEAL Dave Tilton at the Andretti announcement at Pocono Raceway," said Mary L. Hagy, CEO of OurVetSuccess. "Dave's unique combination of military and business success, combined with his passion for motorsports, means great opportunities for veterans to enter the industry."

Indianapolis, IN -- August, 2017 Andretti Autosport has announced a new hiring initiative to help U.S. Military Veterans transition into the civilian workforce – particularly into motorsports – upon their retirement from the armed forces.

MilitaryToMotorsports.com, which was started with the help of retired U.S. Navy Seal Team Member and Deep Sea Diver and Andretti Autosport chassis owner Chief David Tilton, seeks to give back to our nation's Armed Service members by hiring the most qualified Military Veterans to join Andretti Autosport across its diverse family of race teams. Opportunities span across various positions and racing disciplines, including front office operations, transport drivers and pit crew members.

"I'm extremely proud to be joining with David to launch the Military to Motorsports campaign and want to thank him for his service to our country and friendship over the years," said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti.

"I firmly believe that we've built crews of the best in the business, and I am honored to welcome retired military members into our organization. The dedication and skill sets of our veterans will make for a perfect fit in the motorsport world."

After serving 20 years with the U.S. Navy, Tilton retired in 2003 with honors after sustaining a broken neck and back during service the previous year. He now specializes in consulting and intelligence gathering equipment working with the DoD Special Forces, Intelligence Community and various other federal, state and local agencies across the U.S.

In 2015, Tilton began his support of Andretti Autosport via the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and an awareness campaign on the Global Rallycross machine of Scott Speed. In 2017, Tilton became an Andretti IndyCar chassis owner, capturing victory at the 101st Indianapolis 500 with Takuma Sato.

"As a retired service member, I am very excited to be part of the launch of the Military to Motorsports Program with Andretti Autosport," said Tilton.

"This program will give well-deserved military personnel the opportunity to utilize their skills and discipline, gained during their service, as part of one of the most successful teams in motorsports. Serving our great nation as a military member is something to be extremely proud of and I know that Andretti Autosport will be honored to have these heroes as part of the team's success moving forward."

Interested U.S. veterans can apply via MilitaryToMotorsports.com for immediate consideration of upcoming openings. In support of the Military to Motorsports initiative, Alexander Rossi will take to Pocono Raceway Sunday for 500 miles of racing in the star-spangled livery of the No. 98 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda.

Women Veterans ROCK Honors OurVetSuccess Mary L. Hagy CEO

The 2017 Leaders & Legends Honoree of The Year

June 29, 2017 (Philadelphia, PA) - Mary L. Hagy, CEO of OurVetSuccess and Co-Founder of OurVetSuccess Triumph Games was named The 2017 Leaders & Legends Honoree of The Year. She received this prestigious recognition among a cohort of women veterans at the annual Women Veterans Civic Leadership Summer Retreat hosted by Women Veterans ROCK! She earned this unique honor from the Women Veterans Community for her diligent commitment to increase positive public awareness of veterans and the businesses that employ them.

Hagy was the keynote speaker at "The Power Breakfast of Champions." She delivered an uplifting and motivational message to over 100 transitioning women veterans and other military women while encouraging them to "serve as civic assets" in their post-military/civilian lives. She was presented as a keynote speaker and as a role model for participating women veterans seeking information, resources and new opportunities in the areas of: Civic Leadership; Business Leadership and Nonprofit Leadership.

Mary L. Hagy is a U.S. Army Veteran, who served as a media relations and government spokesperson with the Army Corps of Engineers in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Her return to civilian life has been dedicated to expanding the public narrative about America's Veterans beyond the mind-set of: mental illness, homelessness, and unemployment. She strives to expand the public discourse to include positive and robust narratives of bravery, capability and commitment to public service.

The Women Veterans Civic Leadership Summer Retreat is dedicated to "Engaging & Empowering Today's Women Veterans," says, Deborah Harmon-Pugh, President of The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation and National Campaign Chair of Women Veterans ROCK! "The Leaders & Legends Award salutes and honors "Military Women In Public Leadership" who are leading the way as advocates and role models for women veterans and military families."

Past recipients of The Leaders & Legends Honoree of The Year Award include: Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of The Independence Blue Cross Foundation; Ventris Gibson, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Resources for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; The Honorable Cindy Bass, Councilwoman of The City of Philadelphia, City Council.

For media inquiries, please contact Angel Livas: angel@dcmediaconnection.com or 202-930-3262. 

About Women Veterans ROCK!

"Women Veterans ROCK!" is a Coalition of Women Veteran Organizations and Women Advocacy Organizations Supporting Women Veterans & Military Families. The Women Veterans ROCK! Advocacy Campaign is sponsored by The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with satellite operations in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Region. For more information, visit WomenVetsRock.org. 


Nov. 15, 2016, Philadelphia, PA - The Power Triumph Games, a TV series in which 10 U.S. military veteran athletes competed to win a $50,000 cash prize and prove they are triumphant, concluded last night with Army vet Michael Gallardo taking first place overall and Marine vet Lakin Booker winning the “Character Does Matter Award.”
In the three-part mini-series which aired on CBS Sports Network, the athletes – each of whom has risen above catastrophic injuries to excel in their sports – demonstrated that their military training is at the core of their extraordinary ability to adapt, overcome and succeed.  The competition was staged at the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, where the athletes faced eight physical and mental challenges, each designed based on challenges that West Point cadets must complete to graduate.
The challenges were not modified, and challenged the athletes to dig deep and show they can compete at an extraordinary level. The challenges were PT Challenge, Underwater Challenge, The Rock Wall Challenge, Indoor Obstacle Course Test, Terracross Race, Outdoor Obstacle Course Challenge, Courage and Strength Challenge, and West Point Race.
Retired Army Sgt. Michael Gallardo, 31, of San Antonio, TX, won first place and a cash prize of $50,000 after completing all eight challenges and finishing with the top score.


Reality TV of a different kind premieres this week, without the usual singing, dancing, cute celebrity banter or dramatic bickering.

Instead, these two series just may move and inspire you.

On one, you’ll meet a heroic San Antonio military veteran who not only has endured the kind of hardships and injuries that most of us can’t even imagine but has triumphed over them.
On another, charismatic movie and TV personalities who are passionate about the environment — including David Letterman, in his first television project since retiring from CBS’ “Late Show” — travel the globe on a mission to bring attention to one of this planet’s most argued-about issues: climate change.


CLEVELAND, Ohio - Corwyn Collier's highest achieving moment in his athletic career didn't come when he received a call saying he was named as one of 10 disabled veterans to compete in the Power Triumph Games.

It didn't happen when he finished third in the state in high school in the 300-meter hurdles.

And it wasn't achieved when he ran the fourth fastest time in the 400 hurdles in college.

It came on May 23, 2009, when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle in Iraq.


BOCA RATON — It was the most intense physical challenge Boca Raton veteran Tyler Wells had faced since he had his leg amputated nearly a decade ago — and the public will see it all unfold on television at the end of the month.

Wells, a Boca Raton resident and Florida Atlantic University graduate, is one of 10 veterans who will appear on CBS Sports‘ “Power Triumph Games,” a mini-series that pits veterans who have overcome an injury against each other in military-style obstacles for a $50,000 prize. The series was filmed over the summer and airs its first segment Monday, Oct. 31.


The Triumph Games announced today that CBS Sports Network will air a one-hour primetime television special on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. The program premiers at 7pm ET, with a second showing at 10pm ET. CBS Sports Network’s John Schriffen and Patrick Murphy, who was nominated in September by President Barack Obama to serve as Under Secretary of the US Army and also is a contributor on MSNBC, will co-host the show.


OurVetSuccess announced today that Brian “Tosh” Chontosh, a U.S. Marine who was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while serving in Iraq, will lead the 2016 Triumph Games Athletics.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Tosh to the OurVetSuccess Team. His military accomplishments and his tremendous success as a Veteran in civilian life, epitomize the stories of leadership and service we value,” said Mary L. Hagy, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Triumph Games. 


OurVetSuccess today announced, "U.S. Veterans - Better Than Ever," a national program to increase public awareness of veterans who are successful.
The Better than Ever program will expand the company's television programming and digital content development to include targeted messaging that balances the national narrative about military veterans.


September 28, 2016, Philadelphia, PA – OurVetSuccess today announced the launch of the 2016 Power Triumph Games, in which 10 military veteran athletes will compete to win a $50,000 cash prize and prove they are triumphant. Each athlete has overcome a catastrophic injury, and demonstrates throughout the competition that their military training is at the core of their extraordinary ability to adapt, overcome, and succeed.