About Us

VET Tv creates targeted and therapeutic entertainment for the veteran community, in order to promote camaraderie and prevent veteran suicide.

Not everything we make is going to be loved by ALL veterans. Every show we make is for a specific community within the veteran world. The infantry is nothing like the air wing, the motor pool is nothing like the pilot community, and the medical corps is nothing like the administration MOS, therefore, they’re going to want a different show that their community can relate to and laugh hysterically at.

When we make a show for that specific community, we want that community to laugh hysterically, feel appreciated, feel nostalgic, and then compel them to reach out to the comrades they served with. By getting veterans to laugh, feel good, and connect with each other, we can prevent veteran suicide.

Social isolation is the single most common symptom of depression and suicide.

It is our belief that social connections literally save lives.

There are many ways to encourage connections, our way is with humor. Our long term vision is to have at least one TV show that is therapeutic to every MOS in every branch of the military.

We make entertainment for veterans

No One Else

We capture the crude humor that exists amongst friends in the military
and we turn it into Hollywood quality film.

Many veterans watch our shows because these are the only shows made FOR the veteran community.  Civilians will view our content because they want a sneak peek into our dark and twisted minds. Dark humor is not specific to veterans. Firefighters, cops, EMTs, ER doctors, ER nurses, and anyone who works in a job that deals with tragedy,  develops the dark humor as a coping mechanism.

The natural reaction to pain, suffering, tragedy and trauma is to cry. You can’t do your job while you’re crying all the time, so instead, we laugh.

Let’s come together and laugh.

What’s being said?

“This is long overdue! Veterans want to see REAL (not the Hollywood) version of war stories; The “tortured warfighter” thing is getting old. Enough is enough, we need entertainment made for us.”

TonyMarine Airwing

“I’ve literally been talking about this exact fuckin’ thing since I was a boot on ship. Thank God someone’s finally making it happen.”

MikeNavy Coxswain

“I’ve never met a military guy who hasn’t thought of a network for veterans only. It just makes sense.”

SteveArmy Medic

“Despite what the general public would like to believe, we are not the greatest generation. We are cocky, perverted, and bloodthirsty- we are generation kill.”

SamMarine Grunt

“Hollywood doesn’t make shows FOR veterans because the veteran market is too small for them to give a shit about it. Instead Hollywood makes shows for civilians ABOUT veterans.”‘

PeterArmy Engineer

“Unfortunately for us, Hollywood doesn’t accurately depict us because civilians don’t want to watch who we really are. They want to keep their image of veterans to be just like the commercials, but as we all know, we’re nothing like the commercials.”

KyleNavy Seabee

Company Biography

Veteran Entertainment Television or VET Tv was conceived in June of 2016, by founder and CEO, Donny O’Malley, also known as Danny Maher. After two deployments in the Marines he wrote a dark, war comedy called “Embarrassing Confessions of a Marine Lieutenant” that made a joke out of his last combat operation. Although gritty and raw, his book was championed by Iraq and Afghanistan combat service members, because he was the first person to ever write a book FOR combat vets. Right before publishing his book,  his friend and biggest fan killed himself.

Donny decided to insert messages in the book about reaching out to other service members. The messages  were meant to promote camaraderie. He then organized an event called the Silkies Hike that blew up into a nationwide movement, and then created a non-profit called Irreverent Warriors to manage the movement. 9 months later he finally started marketing his book by creating funny Facebook and YouTube videos that went viral amongst the military community.

Enough people wrote him and said, “I would pay for this,” that he decided to find a way to monetize it. This led to the creation of VET Tv – a subscription video on demand service. Functioning much like Netflix or Hulu, viewers would be able to pay $5 per month to access original content made by veterans, for veterans.

Film is an expensive endeavor and instead of taking on investors and giving up control, O’Malley decided to crowdfund, allowing the community to be involved.  On October 11, 2016, armed with a 15 person crew of friends and two commercials filmed as proof of concept, VET Tv’s Kickstarter campaign officially launched. The 35 day campaign raised $296,331 from the support of 3,609 backers.

This campaign was the THIRD HIGHEST funded comedy project in Kickstarter history, beaten out by Flight of the Conchords and Mystery Science Theatre 3000, which were already internationally recognized on network television.  The campaign promise was to release one episode of cinematic quality content made specifically for veterans, every week, starting in June 2017.

In February 2017, O’Malley and his team filmed the first season of “Kill, Die, Laugh” – “The Chappelle’s Show” of the military. Its intent was to shine a comedic light on controversial subjects in the military, much like Dave Chappelle shined a comedic light on racial issues in America.  “Kill, Die, Laugh” talks about the issues surrounding sexual assault, suicide, PTSD, infidelity, and gender issues, just to name a few.

The network officially launched on June 23, 2017. 

Filming for the next show, “A Grunt’s Life,” commences on July 10, 2017. “A Grunt’s Life” is a parody of an infantry platoon in the Helmand province in 2008. It will showcase the true thoughts, fantasies, and dialogue of combat hardened service members during war time and demonstrate the humor they must maintain to keep up with the miserable conditions, their love of killing, and their fear of being killed.