“It was harder to lose a guy to suicide than to lose someone in combat.” — Donny O’Malley

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Donny O’Malley

The Love Story behind Irreverent Warriors

Meet Donny O’ Malley

Due to losing comrades to suicide, Donny O’Malley founded Irreverent Warriors. Furthermore, he saw how isolation and PTSD can lead to suicidal tendencies. So, at his gatherings, he strives for security and safety that encourages expression. Currently, Donny coordinates gatherings. However, he hopes soldiers everywhere feel empowered to orchestrate events themselves.

Similarly, he hopes warriors see how I.W. provides safe spaces for expressing hurt and trauma. Hence his desire to create space for communion between hurting warriors. Above all, Donny recognizes how these relationships ease the pain soldiers experience. For that reason, hopefully, soldiers will orchestrate their own meetings and branch out. 


“It was harder to lose a guy to suicide than to lose someone in combat.” — Donny O’Malley


More about Donny O’Malley

Learn more about Irreverent Warriors

Learn more about Vet.TV

Learn more about Donny’s Confessions

Producer: Mingjie Zhai

Associate Producers: Nancy Yeang and Wade Chao

Interviewer: Carlos Sanchez

Camera: Jim Francesco and Carlos Sanchez

Editing: Carlos Sanchez, Mingjie Zhai, Eden Trevino and David Pingree

Sound Engineer: Seth Brogdon

Music: Courtesy of Moby

Special Thanks to: Irreverent Warriors



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