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Operation Veteran Success: Providing Critical Assistance to Veterans Facing
Financial Hardships

Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington, May 8, 2024 – Operation Veteran Success, charitable organization dedicated to supporting veterans in crisis, is amplifying its mission to assist those facing immediate financial challenges. Founded by Mary and
Jay Gerak in late 2023, the organization recognizes the need for swift intervention to prevent veterans from spiraling into financial despair due to delays in benefits and unforeseen circumstances.


The founders of Operation Veteran Success were driven by a profound realization: even small amounts of financial support can make a monumental difference in the lives of veterans teetering on the brink of financial instability. Whether covering moving
expenses for a veteran battling stage 4 cancer to relocate closer to treatment facilities or ensuring rent and car payments are met to prevent homelessness and job loss while awaiting benefits, the organization understands the profound impact of timely
assistance.


“Our first case in the fall of 2023 funded a veteran with a wife and child who due to a loss of his medication prescription temporarily lost his job,” states Co- Founder, Justin Gerak. With a new job starting on Monday, OVS members funded 1 month’s rent and car payment to insure the veteran did not have his car repossessed and was evicted before his new job started. “Generous donors raised these funds in 8 hours” Justin Gerak
stated. In the face of unsympathetic credit unions, OVS moved to stave off a problem while the SNAFU was untangled.

“Marine Staff Sgt Clayton (Clay) Walker made us aware of regular situations where active military and veterans faced challenges most of us could not imagine. You could say that this was the start of Operation Veteran Success. With our legal network, we were able to help active military who received traffic violations but were deployed and unable to go to court. We also helped solve local transportation challenges faced by veterans by starting a Bicycle Recycling Program. We continued to learn about circumstances where small amounts of money could avert horrible financial situations from Clay and our son, Marine Sgt Joseph (Joe) Gerak. We initially hosted GoFundMe campaigns and quickly met needs as we learned of them, but realized something more structured needed to be created,”said Mary Gerak, co-founder of Operation Veteran Success.

Operation Veteran Success operates with a sense of urgency, recognizing delays in assistance can compound the challenges veterans face. Through its streamlined approach, an on-call team, the organization will ensure veterans receive the support they need promptly, without bureaucratic hurdles or red tape. In addition to areas theyfocus on, the organization has also created a list of resources on their website where veterans can find help for different situations. Finally, the Veteran Service Officers in the identified states are receiving a quick Intake process, OVS developed.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, not-for-profit, Operation Veteran Success is committed to transparency and accountability in its mission. OVS directs its financial resources at 100% to its veterans. The charity’s board members have absorbed all administrative costs so there are no salaries, overhead or dollars to internal expenses. 6 lawyers, a CPA, a PR company, 2 IT consultants, an actress, and a phalanx of volunteers support our US veterans in three states in 2024. Volunteers from the Coast Guard, Army, Air For, Navy and Marines as well as Veteran Service Officers are Board members. The organization invites the community to join in its efforts to uplift veterans facing exigent financial hardships by donating through the official website at https://opvetsuccess.org/.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:
Chrissie Mena
Board Member & Media Consultant
Operation Veteran Success
Chrissie@Menagery.com
About Operation Veteran Success
Operation Veteran Success is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing
critical assistance to veterans facing financial hardships. Founded in 2023 by Mary and
Jay Gerak, the organization aims to offer swift and efficient support to veterans in crisis,
empowering them to overcome obstacles and rebuild their lives with dignity.

Operation Veteran Success is a National organization with Board Members across the
United States. Our Illinois Board Members include Mary Ambrose-Gerak, Jay Gerak, Ed
Guntin, Rusty Schwimmer, Carole Ann Dombek, and John McGowan.Our Virginia leaders are retired Brigadier General Gary Ambrose – known as Virginian of the Year (2017) , Marcia Ambrose and Alicia Ambrose. Our Public Relations Director resides in Golden Beach, Florida.
Our Parliamentarian Shauna Brennan is the Nevada Chief Advocacy Attorney for Elderly and Disabled Persons for the State of Nevada.
Karen Koster and Clay Walker lead from the state of North Carolina. Chelan County, Washington Veteran Services Officers include: Tony Sandoval, Jim Cook and Trent Mortensen who are located in Wenatchee, Washington.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Operation Veteran Success: Bridging Financial Gaps for Veterans in Crisis

Vienna, Virginia, March 17th, 2024 – Operation Veteran Success (OVS) is stepping up
its commitment to aiding veterans facing immediate financial distress. Founded by Mary
Ambrose-Gerak and Jay Gerak in late 2023, OVS responds swiftly to the urgent
financial needs of veterans and active-duty military personnel, offering vital support
while they await benefits. Retired Brigadier General Gary Ambrose, a five-time unit
commander and Vice President of OVS’s all-volunteer Board of Directors, underscores
the pressing nature of this support: “During my 27-year career in the US Air Force, I
witnessed service members resorting to costly loans and rent-to-own schemes just to
make ends meet, highlighting the critical gap OVS aims to fil


At the heart of OVS’s mission lies a dedication to addressing housing-related issues.
The organization recognizes the pivotal role stable housing plays in veterans’ well-
being. General Ambrose notes,” My own experience advocating for mental health
highlighted the centrality of housing. When you struggle to find shelter, recovery and
employment take a back seat.”


Operation Veteran Success’s genesis stems from a profound understanding that even
modest financial aid can profoundly impact veterans teetering on the edge of financial
instability. From assisting a veteran battling stage 4 cancer with relocation expenses to
ensuring rent and car payments are met to prevent homelessness and job loss, OVS
recognizes the transformative power of timely assistance.


Mary Ambrose-Gerak, co-founder of Operation Veteran Success, explains the
organization’s inception: “Marine Staff Sgt Clayton (Clay) Walker brought to our
attention the challenges faced by active military and veterans. With insights from our
legal network, we addressed issues ranging from traffic violations for deployed service
members to local transportation hurdles through initiatives like the Bicycle Recycling
Program. Our son, Marine Sgt Joseph (Joe) James Gerak, further inspired us with
stories showcasing the profound impact of even modest financial aid.”
As Operation Veteran Success continues to evolve, its founders remain committed to
providing immediate and structured assistance to veterans in need, ensuring that no
veteran faces financial hardship alone.


As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Operation Veteran Success is committed to
transparency and accountability in its mission. OVS invites the community to donate to its efforts to uplift veterans facing financial hardships through its official website, opvetsuccess.org.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:
Chrissie Mena
Chrissie@Menagery.com
Board Member & Media Consultant
Operation Veteran Success

About Operation Veteran Success
Operation Veteran Success is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing
critical assistance to veterans facing financial hardships. Founded in 2023 by Mary and
Jay Gerak, OVS aims to offer, as the funder of last resort, swift and efficient support to
veterans in crisis, empowering them to overcome obstacles and rebuild their lives with
dignity. Operation Veteran Success is a National Organization with Board Members
across the United States. Our Virginia contingent includes Marcia Ambrose, our Board
Member who leads our technology efforts, Gary Ambrose, our Board Vice President,
and their daughter, Alicia, a key social media operations team member.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Operation Veteran Success Launches to Provide Support for Veterans With Critical Housing Needs

Chicago, Illinois, January 17th, 2024 – Founded to offer a lifeline to veterans facing unforeseen challenges regarding housing needs at critical times, Operation Veteran Success officially launched as a charitable organization dedicated to providing immediate assistance to meet those needs. The organization aims to address the pressing needs of veterans by offering stop-gap financing to overcome housing obstacles encountered during significant life changes.

Founded in late 2023 by Mary and Jay Gerak, parents  of a Marine Corps veteran, Operation Veteran Success originated as a GoFundMe initiative focused on aiding veterans in the Wenatchee, Washington area. After being alerted  to the struggles faced by veterans in emergencies, the founders were inspired to create a more agile and responsive organization. The goal was to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles and time constraints that often exacerbate the difficulties faced by veterans.

Operation Veteran Success seeks to fill a critical gap by swiftly providing financial aid for immediate housing needs. Recognizing that time and red tape can worsen the situation, the organization is committed to offering timely housing assistance to prevent small issues from escalating into more significant challenges.

In late 2023 the Geraks established the organization with a dedicated board of directors – including members representing each military branch. Operation Veteran Success is proud to announce it has been granted 501(c)(3) charitable organization status by the IRS, and is duly registered as an Illinois Not-for-Profit Organization with a Federal EIN of 93-3386798.

“Our mission is to be a reliable safety net for veterans during critical times in their lives. We understand the urgency of addressing immediate housing needs and are committed to providing timely assistance without the bureaucratic delays often experienced by veterans in need,” said Mary Gerak, one of the co-founders of Operation Veteran Success.

Operation Veteran Success invites the community to support its mission of helping veterans overcome financial hardships relating to housing and move forward with their lives. Donations can be made through the official website https://opvetsuccess.org/.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Chrissie Mena
Board Member & Media Consultant
Operation Veteran Success
Chrissie@Menagery.com
847-494-2440


OVS Board Members located in Illinois include: Mary Ambrose-Gerak, Jay Gerak, Ed Guntin, Rusty Schwimmer, Carole Ann Dombek, John McGowan

About Operation Veteran Success

Operation Veteran Success is a  501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides stop-gap financing for veterans facing immediate housing challenges. Founded in 2023, the organization is committed to swift and efficient assistance, ensuring veterans can overcome obstacles and move forward.